Fresh Face: Celebrating One of Pepsi’s First African American Models

A 1950s ad for Pepsi featuring Levonia Frazier
New Bern

Skits, music and more scheduled for June 18 at the N.C. History Center 

"Fresh Face” will celebrate the work of Levonia P. Frazier, one of the first African American models for Pepsi and a longtime New Bern resident, during a special program held in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. This free event will take place from 7-9 p.m. on June 18 as part of Tryon Palace’s monthly African American Lecture Series.

Frazier was a pioneer in the field of commercial modeling. Soon after graduating from the Barbara Watson Model School in New York City, she became one of the first African American models for Pepsi. Frazier, better known as “Pat Porter,” was featured on football game programs, New York City bus ads, newspapers, books, and in Ebony and Jet magazines.

The program will include a skit, musical selections and a video of her life.

The Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free, thanks to a generous donation from the Harold H. Bate Foundation.

Special hearing devices are available if needed. Contact Tryon Palace 48 hours in advance of the performance to make arrangements.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit

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