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  • Nashville Farmers Market

    Tap into the diversity of Nashville by enjoying food from all over the world at the local farmers market. Take the international options, for example. Bowl and Roil offers bimimbap and Korean-style sushi; Chicago Gyro serves delicious plates of Middle Eastern fare; El Burrito Mexicano gives the treat of Mexican food for breakfast and lunch; Jamaicaway has a strong following for their delicious Jamaican food; and Swagruha introduces many to Indian classics and unique Southern Indian cuisine.

  • Jefferson Street Sound Museum

    Jefferson Street Sound, a recording studio, rehearsal space and “mini museum” dedicated to preserving the history of the Jefferson Street music scene of the mid-20th century. It’s also home to one of the neighborhood’s newest murals, a bright, abstract take on Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox painted by Nashville visual artist LaRhonda Angelisa and commissioned by Jefferson Street Sound founder and CEO Lorenzo Washington.

  • Civil Rights Room of Nashville Public Library

    Located in the Main Library is one of the finest collections of Civil Rights Movement history in the country. This room was designed to capture the drama and history of the mid-1940s and 1960s when thousands of Nashvillians came together in a nonviolent campaign to eliminate racial segregation. The focal point is a circular table symbolic of the Nashville sit-ins at lunch counters downtown. Visitors can read more than 100 significant milestones in Civil Rights Movement history covering local and national events, which wrap around the countertop.

  • Fisk University

    Founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War, Fisk University is a historically black university and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s national reputation for academic excellence, which is validated year after year by the leading third-party reviewers, as well as, by the pool of talented applicants and the large percentage of alumni who complete graduate or professional degrees and become leaders and scholars in their fields.

  • Aaron Douglas Art Gallery

    Founded in 1994 in honor of Harlem Renaissance artist and former Fisk art professor Aaron Douglas. The museum features a highlight selection from the university’s collection of African American art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, watercolors and prints by such artists as William H. Johnson, Aaron Douglas, James Lesegne Wells, Malvin Gray Johnson, Henry Ossawa Tanner and many others. This special museum also hosts art works by faculty, students and leading contemporary artists.

  • Van Vechten Art Gallery

    Housed in a late 19th century Victorian building, Carl Van Vechten Gallery was founded in 1949, when American painter Georgia O’Keeffe donated more than 100 works of art from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern and European Art including works by Picasso, Cézanne, Renoir and herself. Today, the museum also features many changing and touring art exhibits. Note in the gallery’s paintings by Harlem Renaissance artist, Aaron Douglas, who headed the Fisk Art Department for many years. The ground floor gallery presents an exhibition of works by contemporary Tennessee artists.

  • Meharry Medical College

    Meharry Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. It was chartered separately in 1915.

  • American Baptist College

    American Baptist College is a historically black college in Nashville. Since 1924, American Baptist College has been a Christian College dedicated to educating and developing students. The college started with an idea for a seminary for the training of Black Baptist ministers that grew out of conversation between National Baptist leaders and Dr. O.L. Hailey, one of the founding fathers of the College.

  • Tennessee State University

    Tennessee State University is a historically black college in Nashville that is known for it's distinguished graduates. A 1986 graduate of Tennessee State University, Oprah Winfrey, the multi media mogul, has garnered international appeal for her talk show and is the first Black woman billionaire in world history. Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. A Black Athlete Hall of Famer, Wilma Rudolph’s childhood was plagued with polio, scarlet fever and pneumonia; and, for a few years she lost the use of one leg.

  • National Museum of African American Music

    Scheduled to open in downtown Nashville in early 2020, the National museum of African American Music will be a 56,000-square-foot facility that will encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences that composers have had on all genres of music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM will integrate history and interactive technology to share the untold story of more than 50 music genres and subgenres. It will be an unparalleled institution, not confined by record label, genre or recording artist, but instead will tell a unique narrative through the lens of black music.

  • Fisk Jubilee Hall

    The name "Music City" was given to Nashville by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University. They toured around the world and was the first group to export music out of Nashville. This African American singing group founded Jubilee Hall, the first permanent structure erected in the South for the education of African Americans.

  • Greenwood Cemetery

    Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1888 by Preston Taylor, founder of the Lea Avenue Christian Church, Greenwood Park, and one of the founders of Citizens Bank. Taylor was also the first Black undertaker casket factory owner in Nashville; outstanding citizens buried in the cemetery include Taylor and his wife. Three original Fisk Jubilee Singers. Deform Bailey, the first Black Grand Ole Opry performer, TSU athletic coach John Merritt, and civil rights leader Kelly Miller Smith, Jr.

  • Cameron-Trimble Neighborhood

    ts the oldest surviving African-American neighborhood in Nashville. The name Trimble comes from the owner of the plantation once situated here and on which the Colored Troops of the Army of the Cumberland began their December 1864 attack on General Hood’s Confederate Army troops in the Civil War Battle of Nashville.

  • Fort Negley

    Fort Negley was part of a chain of Union Army fortifications surrounding Nashville during the Civil War occupation by Federal troops between 1862-65. Two thousand free African Americans were recruited by James Negley, a Union General, to help build Nashville’s largest and most important Union Army fortification. The octagonal fort measured 600 feet by 300 feet and was constructed of stone, logs, earth, and railway iron.

  • Jefferson Street

    efore integration, this street was the center of the African American community. Stores, restaurants, barber shops, and night clubs were thriving businesses here. Today, Jefferson Street still holds a number of black-owned businesses. ADDRESS: Jefferson Street between BD Todd Drive and I-40 Freeway.

  • Tennessee State Museum

    Exhibits highlight the impacts of post-war innovations on Tennesseans, the struggle of African-Americans to share in the new prosperity, the development of Tennessee’s music industries and their importance in shaping how outsiders view Tennessee, and how today’s Tennessee has emerged as a reflection of these dynamics.

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