Based on census and newspaper records, the researchers believe that Anna Strother was likely born in Virginia, but had moved to Providence, RI at some point between her birth and the 1930s. According to census records in 1940, Anna was a domestic worker for the Baldridge family. But according to Lydia T. Brown, the “Yankee Traveler” columnist for the Baltimore Afro-American, Anna was a “dramatic soprano” who served as a soloist for a local church and performed for a local benefit concert in November 1951.
–written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett
Anna Strother performs at the Trinity Choral Society Benefit concert
According to a November 24, 1951 report by "Yankee Traveler" columnist Lydia T. Brown, Strother performed at the Trinity Choral Society benefit concert which benefitted the Ernest F. Poole Memorial Fund. The concert took place at the Trinity Union Auditorium, which would later become the site of the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre. Brown described Strother as a "dramatic soprano," and Strother remains the only musician that Brown acknowledges in her write-up of the event.
--written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett
Anna Strother serves as a soloist at Congdon Street Baptist Church
Anna Strother was a soloist at the Congdon Baptist Church, as reported by Lydia T. Brown in the Baltimore Afro-American on November 24, 1951. Brown describes Strother as a "dramatic soprano."