June 3, 1887 - January 1, 1977Roland Hayes, the first internationally renowned African - American classical singer was born in Gordon County and performed at this site, the former Calhoun High Auditorium. Hayes opened doors for African - American concert and opera performers and elevated Negro spirituals to the classical level, singing them in concert with operatic arias. Hesang in seven languages. Hayes studied at Nashville Fisk University and toured the United States, performing at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. His foreign tour included a command performance for King George V and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace. At the height of his half - century career. Hayes was one of the world highest paid singers. He made a number of recordings and published his music in the book My Songs. In 1991, Roland Hayes was named to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. On his 80th birthday, Hayes was honored with this tribute. "He is and ever was at once one voice, one race, one citizen, one triumph in belief, one compromise with nothing ? he is a country to himself that borders not on nations whole or sundered, but on art, on life - on people prizing now and then nobility in man.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Department of Natural Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 4:28am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 687551 N 3819669|
|Decimal Degrees||34.50160000, -84.95715000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 30.096', W 84° 57.429'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 30' 5.76" N, 84° 57' 25.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||706, 770|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 517 Oothcalooga St, Calhoun GA 30701, US|
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