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Fisk Jubilee Singers, c. 1875

Fisk Jubilee Singers,
c. 1875.
(Special Collections, Franklin Library, Fisk University, )

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Fisk University, was founded in 1866 as a liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee.

Of the nine original Jubilee Singers, seven were born slaves.

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Between 1871 and 1880, the Fisk Jubilee Singers staged a series of fund-raising concerts that introduced traditional black spirituals to audiences in the Northern United States, England, and Europe; their phenomenal success helped keep the college open.

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A New Birth of Freedom: Reconstruction During the Civil War The Meaning of Freedom: Black and White Responses to Slavery From Free Labor to Slave Labor Rights and Power: The Politics of Reconstruction Introduction The Ending of Reconstruction Epilogue Additional Resources Credits for this Exhibit