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Wallace McClain Cheatham

opera singer, college and music conservatory professor, composer, activist, and genealogist, the youngest of seven children, was born in Columbia, Tennessee, and reared in Louisville, Kentucky, where his family moved in search of suitable employment and better schools. Andrew's mother, Lue Vergia Esters Frierson, was a homemaker. His father, Robert Clinton Frierson, was a laborer.

At age three Frierson first dramatically showcased his musical talent. One afternoon he accompanied his mother to the home of an old family friend where there was a piano. Frierson saw the instrument, went to it, and instinctively began to play recognizable songs. Frierson's mother and her friends were astounded because he had never even seen a piano. By the age of five Frierson was playing all over the town.

After four years of piano study with William King and graduation from high school Frierson went to ...

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Alice Eley Jones

was born in Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina, the youngest child of Tupper Webster Jones (1916–2013), a businessman, merchant, and civic leader, and Pearlene Clario Robbins (1920–1987), a housewife, churchwoman, and Chowanoc descendant.

Jones’s family and extended family hailed from free mixed-race families who pioneered and settled northeastern North Carolina, having immigrated from southeastern Virginia as early as 1740, some marrying into surviving landowning families of the Chowanoc, Meherrin, and Tuscarora Nations. From these unions arose generations of prosperous, independent, landowning farmers, skilled artisans, and business owners. By 1831 seven families owned twelve slaves and in 1851 land was purchased near the town of Winton whereupon Pleasant Plains Baptist Church was constructed Prideful of their Revolutionary War military service several men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War During Reconstruction a number of Jones s maternal family members were elected ...