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Quarles, Alfred Nelson
Birth Year : 1862
Death Year : 1944
Professor Alfred N. Quarles was a well-known musician and music director in Cincinnati, OH. He was born in Frankfort, KY, the son of Charleston and Mary E. Quarles. Alfred was a baby when the family moved to Cincinnati; they are listed in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Alfred Quarles was educated in Cincinnati schools, and he studied music at the College of Music - harmony, pipe organ, and voice and technique. He taught music in the Covington, KY, schools, and he gave private lessons. He was the organist and choir director at Allen Temple and was choir director at The St. John A. M. E. Zion Church. Quarles participated in and directed a number of performances at the Allen Temple church. He also performed at special events in and around Cincinnati. He was a member of the Orpheus Club, said to be the leading music organization in Cincinnati [source: "From the Queen City," Cleveland Gazette, 05/22/1886, p. 1]. In 1903, Alfred Quarles visited Maysville, KY, to assist with the closing exercises given at the opera house by the Maysville Colored High School. The cantata was a rendition of "Ruth the Moabitess," and Alfred Quarles had the role of Boaz [source: "Prof. A. N. Quarles of Cincinnati..." and "Ruth the Moabitess," both in the Daily Public Ledger, 06/11/1903, p. 1]. For more see Cincinnati's Colored Citizens, by W. P. Dabney.
Subjects: Education and Educators, Migration North, Musicians, Opera, Singers, Song Writers
Geographic Region: Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky / Cincinnati, Ohio

Quisenberry, Rosetta Lucas
Birth Year : 1951
Rosetta Quisenberry, born in Lexington, KY, was a school teacher for 14 years. She has collected over 1,000 postcards and other memorabilia with depictions of racist acts toward African Americans, many of which are featured in Quisenberry's 4-part series, A Saga of the Black Man, A Saga of the Black Woman, A Saga of the Black Child, and A Saga of the Black Family. From September 2007 - May 2008, items from Quisenberry's extensive collection were included in the exhibit in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas. In 2009, Quisenberry appeared on BET [Black Entertainment Television] to talk about her books. She has also appeared on KET. In 2009, Quisenberry was awarded the Lucy Harth Smith-Atwood S. Wilson Award by the Kentucky Education Association, which she received April 2010. Three years later, the 5th book of A Saga series was published, Things, People, and Places We Must Always Remember. Rosetta Quisenberry is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. For more see the Rosetta Quisenberry interview on the second half of the video Juneteenth [#217] "Connections with Renee Shaw," 07/07/2007, at KET (Kentucky Educational Television); M. Davis, "Clinton Library checks out collection, likes what it sees," Lexington Herald-Leader, 06/28/2007, Free Time section, p. E2; and M. Davis, "BET to highlight Lexington author - Quisenberry self-published four books on the Black experience in U.S.," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/05/2009, City Region section, p. D1.

See photo image of Rosetta Quisenberry at her website.
Subjects: Authors, Education and Educators, Jim Crow
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky


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