The Jubilee Singers and Their Songs
Fisk University was founded in 1866 to provide higher education to African-Americans who became free after the Civil War. To raise money for the institution, the school's chorus known as the Jubilee Singers began performing concerts of Negro folksongs and spirituals. Their popularity and fame spread rapidly, and by 1880, it had toured the northern states, performed at Boston's World Peace Jubilee and at the White House, sung for Queen Victoria, and toured Great Britain and Europe.
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PERSONAL HISTORIES OF THE SINGERS