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May 9-11, 1864

May, MONDAY, 9, 1864.

very fine day but very warm i went down to mr livelys had a very nice lesson then went down to school very few out i fear the girls are losing their intrest in the school we had one name to report mr


Seyers another warm day very busy Sue was here a little while in the evening i went down home stoped at Nells she was not home i did not go to see her meeting at aunt Nancys Nell wasnt there very


good meeting Pleasant to day Miss Williams and Mr and a Miss fry called on me this morning Nellie did not come up as i expected this evening a Miss Greenfeilds concert comes off to night

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On May 7 The Christian Recorder announced, “There will be a grand Concert given on the 11th inst., at 7 ½ o’clock, by Miss Greenfield, the celebrated “Black Swan,” assisted by the distinguished Murio, of Philadelphia, and others.” Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, known as the “Black Swan,” was born a slave in Natchez, Mississippi. According to an 1855 biography, as a young child Greenfield was moved from Mississippi to Philadelphia, where she was freed and raised by Quakers. Celebrated by abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Greenfield was most well known for her classical repertoire. “Concert,” The Christian Recorder, May 7, 1864; The Black Swan, 1-4; Lott, Love and Theft, 235.


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