Half a million for the National Negro Opera Companymain
The Mellon Foundation has come up with $500,000 to restore the National Negro Opera Company house in Pittsburgh.
The company was founded by Mary Cardwell Dawson in 1941 and functions until in the 1960s. Its premises have been heavily vandalised but Denyce Graves is leading the campaign to have it restored. “I am an African American woman opera singer, and it’s because of trailblazers like Mary Cardwell Dawson who paved the way … that allows us to have the careers that we do today,” she says. “We have to carry on where she left off.”