The story of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, America’s first black pop star

The story of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, America’s first black pop star

By Adam Gustafson, Instructor in Music, Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. Wikimedia Commons In 1851, a concert soprano named Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield embarked on a national tour that upended America’s music scene. In antebellum America, operatic and concert songs were very popular forms of entertainment. European concert sopranos, such as Jenny Lind and Catherine Hayes,…