Roland Hayes (1887-1977)
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Owens, Joanne M
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about Roland Hayes. The tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to win international fame as a concert performer. Hayes was born in Curryville, near Calhoun in Gordon County, on June 3, 1887, to Fanny and William Hayes, who were former slaves. When Hayes was eleven his father died, and his mother moved the family to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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