January, 1949: Opera by William Grant Still debuts in New York City

Performed by the New York City Opera Company, Troubled Island was the first opera by an African American to be performed by a major company. Born on May 11, 1895, in Woodville, Still became an accomplished classical composer. He was the first African American to conduct a symphony orchestra, to have a symphony of his own performed by a leading orchestra, and to have an opera performed on national television.

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