Evans-Tibbs House

This two-story rowhouse seems like an ordinary dwelling in the contemporary U Street corridor. But looking at its history, it serves as a cultural landmark of the neighborhood. The importance of its history comes from the person who used to live there. This house was the residence of Lillian Evans Tibbs. Performing under the stage name Madame Lillian Evanti, she was one of the first internationally acclaimed African American opera singers. She was also the first African American to perform with an organized European opera company and she performed for Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. The succesful opera singer is believed to be a product of U Street’s musical empire in the 20th century. Till today, Tibbs serves as an inspiration to young opera singers in U Street and contributes to the essence of musical culture in today’s U Street.

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