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Elizabeth Foxwell, staff editor, The Catholic Historical Review was interviewed by the New Haven Register on Helen Eugenia Hagan, a black composer and pianist for the American Expeditionary Forces. See below.

New Haven effort aims to buy headstone for Helen Hagan, black pianist and 1912 grad of Yale School of Music

From: New Haven Register
Date: Feb. 26, 2016
Author: Ed Stannard

Helen Eugenia Hagan was a Yale School of Music graduate and African-American concert pianist who entertained black American troops in France after World War I, and she deserves better than to lie in an unmarked grave in Evergreen Cemetery.

That’s the opinion of Elizabeth Foxwell, who has edited a book about women of the WWI era, “In Their Own Words,” and who is trying to raise money for a gravestone for Hagan.

“She was the only black performing artist sent to World War I France,” said Foxwell, who also is a staff editor at the Catholic Historical Review at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. ...

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