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Fisk University

Fisk University was founded in 1866 by the American Missionary Association (Congregational Church) on the site of an abandoned army barracks in Nashville, Tennessee. It was named after General Clinton B. Fisk, who was stationed in Nashville immediately following the Civil War.

Funds for the school were initially raised by sending out a company of student singers known as the Jubilee Singers. Over a five year period, the widely acclaimed choir toured the northern United States, Great Britain, and Europe. The singers not only raised the founding endowment, but also made the school known around the world.


Principal of Model School with Practice Teachers: Fisk University


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Fisk Jubilee Singers

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