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Weekly 150: Fisk University Jubilee Singers

By Jason Martin
Posted 2/28/23

I came across another story of interest this weekend about the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The story centered around Fisk University in Nashville and how the Jubilee Singers saved the school. Founded in 1866, Fisk University, a private historically black liberal arts college, is the oldest institution for higher education in Nashville. The school is named for Clinton B. Fisk, a Union general and assistant commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau of Tennessee. Fisk secured a site to house the school in a former military barracks near Union Station and provided $30,000 for its endowment.

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