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GREENFIELD, Elizabeth Taylor, singer, born in Natchez. Miss., in 1808; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1876. She was of African descent and was born a slave, but early gave great promise as a singer, and was freed by her mistress, Mrs. Greenfield, who gave her a liberal education. She sang with success, not only in this country, but in England, where the Duchess of Sutherland and the Duchess of Argyll became her patrons. She was known as the "Black Swan."
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