National Negro Opera Company
Dawson launched NNOC in 1941 with a performance at Pittsburgh's Syria Mosque. The star was La Julia Rhea, and other members included Minto Cato, Carol Brice, Robert McFerrin, and Lillian Evanti. During its 21-year run NNOC also mounted productions in Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago.
The company disbanded in 1962 upon Dawson's death.
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