Welcome to the online site of Ms. Izola Ethel Fedford Collins, author of two collections of poetry, a children's book, and most notably Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started, a history of African-Americans in Galveston (Click here to see details about the books)
The purpose of this historical book, in Ms. Collins' words is "to reveal what was written by a man of color, my grandfather, who came to Galveston with his family as a small child, immediately after freedom was declared. His words are proven to be true by later documentation of official sources in the city. In addition, recorded words of interviews with numbers of citizens who were alive when this book was begun have been used and preserved on audio tapes. Until now, this story, told from the perspective of the persons who lived it, has been untold. Because of its far-reaching effects in the whole world, this story fairly screams to be acknowledged and revealed."
In June 2011, Mrs. Collins was honored at Miller Outdoor Theater by Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, with a proclamation of June 19, 2011 as "Izola Ethel Fedford Collins Day" in Houston, "for her contribution to our region's cultural history".
The Galveston Heritage Chorale was organized in 1992 by Izola Fedford Collins, at the request of several vocal performers. These persons wanted to sing music that was no longer being heard in most communities, but had been the nucleus of concerts in colleges and other institutions. Primarily, this music included African American Spirituals arranged by noted composers of color, unknown to a segregated public, in past years.
Here are scheduled public appearances and events for the Galveston Heritage Chorale:
Dec. 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm: Moody Mansion
Dec. 6, 2015 @ 9:00 pm: St. Augustine Episcopal Church
Dec. 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm: Gulf Health Rest Home
Dec. 20, 2015 @ 3:00 pm: Reedy Chapel Church