Notable Women of RI: Elliott, Jones, and Red Wing
with Fred Zilian
Saturday, March 23
10 – 11:30 AM
Location: Education Space
This lecture will focus on three remarkable Rhode Island women of the 19th and 20th centuries. Maud Howe Elliott was a social and political activist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and founder of the Newport Art Association. With a gifted voice, Sissieretta Jones rose to celebrity as a great singer and became the first African-American woman to headline a concert on the main stage of Carnegie Hall. While touring the nation and the world, she sang at the White House for four presidents. Lastly, Princess Red Wing of the Seven Crescents—educator, historian, artist, and storyteller—spent her life preserving the culture of her Indigenous people and educating all who would listen.
Doors open at 10:00 for refreshments, and the lecture starts at 10:30 with Q & A to follow.
Pre-registration is required. $17 Members | $23 Nonmembers
About the presenter: After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian was an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School and an adjunct professor (history and politics) at Salve Regina University. He now lectures on various subjects, offers literature and poetry readings, and tours of Newport and the Battle of Rhode Island. Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on a wide variety of subjects in numerous publications.