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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to host lecture on Clarence Cameron White Thursday, July 16th

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum is hosting a lecture on Clarence Cameron White by Gail Robinson Oturu on Thursday, July 16th. The event takes place at 12:15pm as part of the museum’s monthly Art & Lunch programs. This lecture is free to the public.

The lecture will share some of Clarence Cameron White’s thoughts, writings, letters, and interesting information about his Tennessee and family connection, early musical experiences, challenges in pursuing his career, and his visits to Clarksville for performances.

Clarence Cameron White conducting
Clarence Cameron White conducting

Gail Robinson-Oturu has a distinguished record as a performing artist, educator, and scholar.  Robinson-Oturu moved to Tennessee in 2005 as a professor of music (voice) at Austin Peay State University, where she served as Chair of the Music Department.

Prior to that time, she served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies in Florida at Bethune Cookman College (now University) receiving campus, state and national teaching honors and awards.

Dr. Robinson-Oturu was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, where her research gave birth to various projects of national and international scope including the National Opera Association Legacy Project.

Clarence Cameron White Portrait
Clarence Cameron White Portrait

Robinson-Oturu has held national offices with professional organizations including the National Opera Association and Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity. She is the president of the Clarksville Community Concert Association and the John Wesley Work III Memorial Foundation.

A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson-Oturu earned the Bachelor and Master of Music Education (Vocal Emphasis) degrees from Howard University, the Doctor of Philosophy from New York University and Management Development Program certificate of completion from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.  She is in the 2007 class of the Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellowship

The exhibit Clarence Cameron White: Violinist & Composer is on display through July 30th in the lobby gallery. A commissioned portrait of Clarence, created by Eluster Richardson, and donated by Joanne and Arthur Burgess is included in the exhibit.

Famed for his opera titled Ouanga (which means “Voodoo Charm”), White also wrote the ballet score “A Night in Sans Souci” from the play “Tambour”. White won the 1954 Benjamin Award for “Elegy”. Clarence Cameron White died of throat cancer at the age of 80 in 1960 in New York City.

Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.

For more information on above events contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum.

With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org

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