Friday Photo History: Ordine H. Toliver

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This is a photo from the Detroit Conservatory of Music where Mr. Toliver was a student. Ordine Toliver is in the second row from the top, all the way to the right. Mr. Toliver would go on to compose and arrange Negro spirituals.

As June continues spinning along like a record, we have another featured picture dealing with Detroit's music history. Although the name of Ordine H. Toliver may not be a household name to most people, he was one of Detroit's, and especially Hamtramck's, most gifted composers. In the 1920's Mr. Toliver was one of Hamtramck's most distinguished African-American citizens. He served on the village's last council and ran a music school where he had many white students (a rarity at the time). This is a photo from the Detroit Conservatory of Music where Mr. Toliver was a student. Ordine Toliver is in the second row from the top, all the way to the right. Mr. Toliver would go on to compose and arrange Negro spirituals. Check back next week when we will share the sheet music from one of Ordine Toliver's compositions.

Special thanks to the Hamtramck Public Library for information on Ordine H. Toliver.

Collection: Ordine Toliver Collection; Year: June 1927