In 2004, I discovered through the NewsBank/and or the American Antiquarian Society an article in the Worcester Daily Spy dated April 4, 1902 that announced Miss Jane Gilliam’s recital.
Jane Gilliam was my Great Grandmother’s (Nora Ann “Gilliam” Cully) Sister, which would make Jane my Great Grand Aunt. Jane was born in North Carolina Oct of 1877 and moved to Worcester, MA when she was 3 years old.
|Worcester Daily Spy News Paper
April 4, 1902
RECITAL GIVEN BY
MISS JANE GILLIAM
Miss Jane Gilliam gave a recital last night in Elocution Hall, 24 Front Street. She was assisted by the Cecilian Male Quartet and Fred Bates, tenor: George Cooper, baritone; George Stewart, bass: William Johnson, humorist: Miss Sadie Shannon, soprano: Miss Grace Johnson, pianist. Miss Gilliam gave a number of readings which were much applauded. There is but one more recital in the course given by the Worcester School of Elocution and Delsarte. The next one will be by Miss Laura Joudrey.
Seeing this article had me think “That’s Why Zara Cully Brown was an elocutionist in Worcester.” Zara Cully Brown was Jane Gilliam’s niece, and had been an actress on the “Jefferson’s” television sitcom.