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Carrie Dennie French 1921

of Chicago,


Born Oct 30, 1864 in Peoria, Illinois


Eldest child of George and Martha Dennie of Great Bend, Kansas.


Carrie Dennie trained as a singer both at her family home and at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (1882-1885). She met her husband, John B French, when performing as a soprano soloist in West Bend, Kansas where he was touring as an elocutionist with the Wilberforce Concert Company. The couple moved eventually to Chicago where John and Carrie ran a successful catering, bakery and restaurant business. They became part of the black elite on the Chicago West Side. Carrie French was active in the Methodist Episcopal Church. She traveled to Europe in 1921 to attend the Ecumenical Conference of Methodism in London in the party of Bishop C. H. Phillips.


Sister of singer and musician Frank Dennie, who traveled to Europe with Will Marion Cook's Southern Syncopated Orchestra and eventually settled in Australia and New Zealand.


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Taken on June 14, 2011