Bean and Prince Contractors Salutes Historic Black Memphian – Madame Florence C. McCleave


Madame Florence Cole Talbert McCleave was the first black person to sing a fully staged Aida in Europe. She taught music at Tuskegee, Fisk and Rust colleges. She married Dr. Benjamin F. McCleave of Memphis, and taught music at her home at 475 Vance. She organized the Memphis Music Association, wrote articles for the Tri-State Defender and gave recitals to raise money for schools and churches. She also brought such singers as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes to Memphis.

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