Julia Zitella Cocke

    Julia Zitella Cocke was born on November 10, 1840, in Perry County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Woodson St. George and Mary Elizabeth (Binion) Cocke. Zitella's father died when she was young, and Zitella's mother provided her with the necessary background in the classics and music that prepared her for her career. Zitella graduated with honors from Judson College in 1856; she became well known as a poet, author, essayist and musician.

    She traveled extensively in Europe and later taught German and music and "engaged in literary work" in Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Boston and lived there for over 20 years. She taught voice and piano in Boston before she moved back to Alabama in 1922. She was blind for the last few years of her life. She died at the home of her niece in Gadsden on December 3, 1929, and is buried in Marion, Alabama.

Read some of the selected poems she wrote, and examine some of her recital programs.