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1. Edmond Dédé,  was a free-born Creole musician and composer. He moved to Europe to study in Paris in 1857 and settled in France. His compositions include Quasimodo SymphonyLe Palmier OvertureLe Sermente de L’Arabe and Patriotisme. He served for 27 years as the conductor of the orchestra at the Théatre l’Alcazar in Paris.  NOTE: some records indicate DeDe was born on April 23, 1829, others show he was born November 20, 1927, neither of which take away from his accomplishments.   All records show however, that he passed away in 1929.
Granville T. Woods

2. Granville T. Woods, inventor who holds more than 60 patents for inventions. Most of his work was on trains and street cars. Woods also invented the Multiplex Telegraph, a device that sent messages between moving trains and train stations.

Jimmie Noone

3. Jimmie Noone,  jazz clarinetist noted for his lyricism and refinement of technique.

Narada Michael Walden

4. Narada Michael Walden,  producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. He was given the name Narada by guru Sri Chinmoy in the early 1970s and his musical career spans three decades, in which he was awarded several gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. Michael Walden has also owned and operated Tarpan Studios, a well-known recording studio in San Rafael, California, since the mid-1980s.

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