The Jelliffes were staunch supporters of Shirley Graham’s work. In 1932 they recommended her one-act play Tom Tom be considered by Lawrence Higgins, an affluent scenic designer who produced for the Stadium Opera in Cleveland. Graham was commissioned to expand her play into a three-act composed opera. Tom Tom became the first produced opera by an African American woman. c.1940


  • Title: History: Shirley Graham
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1940

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