PORTIA WHITE EXHIBIT
PORTIA WHITE [1911 -1968]
In the 1940s, Portia White was the first black Canadian to become an international star
Both her city, Halifax, and province, Nova Scotia paid for Portia to study singing.
She performed hundreds of concerts across Canada, the U.S., Central and South America and Europe with Columbia Concerts, paving the way for future Black music stars.
She gave two Royal Command Performances.
The Canadian government declared Portia White a person of national significance.
She was one of 68 people Canada Post selected for its Millennium stamp series.
The Portia White Prize in Nova Scotia continues to support young talent in her name.
Some of what you will see and hear at the Portia White exhibit:
THE 1944 TOUR
Above images provided courtesy of Ontario Black History Society
Presented with the permission of The White Family