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Ella Sheppard Moore, 1851 - 1914
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Image/Sheet: 8.8 x 13.5cm (3 7/16 x 5 5/16")
Case Open: 20 x 57.8 x 2.5cm (7 7/8 x 22 3/4 x 1")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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In 1871, in an effort to raise funds for Fisk University, a newly founded African American university in Nashville, Tennessee, a student singing group was formed, soon to be called the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The group, composed mostly of formerly enslaved individuals, became instantly popular, and their concert tours were soon raising substantial amounts of money. They appeared at the White House before President Ulysses S. Grant; toured the British Isles, where they performed before for Queen Victoria; and raised enough money to finance Fisk's first permanent building, Jubilee Hall.