Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jessye Norman

Marker ID:  
Location: River Walk near 9th St, Augusta, GA
County: Richmond
Coordinates: N 33° 28.728    W 081° 57.962
  33.4788    -81.96603333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Jessye Norman Marker
Photo by Mike Stroud


Jessye Norman
International Opera Star and Humanitarian

Riverwalk Amphitheater and Plaza named in honor of Jessye Norman, internationally acclaimed opera star, born in Augusta, Georgia, September 15, 1945. Miss Norman began singing at Mounty Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. She attended C.T. Walker Elementary School and A.R. Johnson Junior High School. After graduating from Lucy C. Laney High School, Miss Norman pursued vocal training, earning her Bachelor's Degree from Howard University and her Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. Her considerable talents were further developed at several European opera houses and concert halls until she achieved world prominence making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1983. Miss Norman has long occupied a unique and preeminent place in the realm of opera, celebrated universally and in her own "hometown".

Miss Norman, also known as a benefactor of numerous causes and organizations both artistic and humanitarian, will always be cherished as a true daughter of Augusta, Georgia.