The Jubilee Singers, Original Company from Fisk University, 1871-1882
- Creator:Allen and Rowell, 25 Winter Street, Boston
- Title:The Jubilee Singers, Original Company from Fisk University, 1871-1882
- Description:Eleven elegantly dressed African Americans (7 women and 4 men) surround an organ, with two of the women seated. Text below notes this is the 11th season of the group's performance and gives name and address of photographers studio: Allen and Rowell, 25 Winter Street, Boston.
- Historical Note:This photograph shows the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Excelling in popular sacred music, they toured the United States, including a performance for President Ulysses S. Grant, and Europe, highlighted by a performance for Queen Victoria, raising awareness and money to support Nashville's Fisk University, one of the earliest Historically Black Colleges. Proceeds from a tour of Europe in 1873-74 paid for the university's first permanent building. The handsome building, named Jubilee Hall, is still standing today. Each year, Fisk celebrates Jubilee Day on October 6 in remembrance of the first concert of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Their a cappella spiritual music raised awareness of the musical genre as well as raising funds for Fisk University.
- Institution:Tennessee State Library & Archives, Merl Eppse Collection
- Publisher:Digital Initiatives, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
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