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Tombstone for Black Composer-Pianist Helen Hagan

Organized by: Elizabeth Foxwell

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We did it! The Helen Hagan grave-marker unveiling.
October 02, 2016

The Helen Eugenia Hagan monument was unveiled at New Haven's Evergreen Cemetery on Sept 29 with an array of government, academic, classical music, See More

THE STORY:

Helen Eugenia Hagan (1891–1964) was the only black performing artist sent to WWI France, where she played for more than 100,000 black troops of the AEF under the aegis of the YMCA. She was the first black pianist to perform a solo recital in a New York concert venue (1921) and was the first black woman appointed to the chamber of commerce in Morristown, NJ (1931). She performed Saint-Saens's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 44, in May 1910 with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and her Piano Concerto in C MInor (her only surviving composition) at Yale in May 1912. A music instructor and administrator at what is now Tennessee State University, she established music studios in Morristown and New York City. Despite these achievements, she lies in an unmarked grave in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, CT. Join the effort to commemorate her life and career with a proper grave marker.

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Elizabeth Foxwell

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Donor Comments

Jack Harris

Jack Harris

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Emily Horning and David Zukowski

Emily Horning and David Zukowski

2 years ago

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Yale School of Music

Yale School of Music

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Carol and Stephen Ross

Carol and Stephen Ross

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Elaine Carroll,

Elaine Carroll,

DONATION: $100

New Haven Symphony Orchestra 2 years ago

Jane Hanselman

Jane Hanselman

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Yvonne Manning-Jones

Yvonne Manning-Jones

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

The Manniel Family

The Manniel Family

2 years ago

Pat Dillon

Pat Dillon

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

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