NASHVILLE AND ENGLAND ARE LINKED BY MUSIC, FOOD AND, HISTORY
In 1873, Nashville’s Fisk Jubilee Singers set sail for England with a clear goal in mind –to sing for survival. Their European Tour was a series of concerts that landed them in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, London and beyond. They sang before the Queen of England and showed Europe the resilience and creativity of formerly enslaved people. Thus, putting Nashville on the map as a musical city and saving their school from financial ruins.
After the American Civil War ended slavery in the United States, Fisk University was founded in 1866 as the first university to offer a liberal arts education to African Americans in Nashville. Five short years later, the school created to educate newly-emancipated enslaved people faced dire financial struggles that threaten to close its doors forever. As a fundraising effort, the music professor created a 9-member singing group called the Fisk Jubilee Singers who went on to sing slave songs also known as spirituals all over the world including Europe.
England’s appreciation for Nashville’s hot chicken and music today strengthen the link between the two places. “As we begin black history month celebrations on February 1, 2020, in the United States, it is important to remember that we are all connected, says Chakita Patterson, founder of United Street Tours. “The history of the Fisk Jubilee Singers reminds us all that black history is not monolithic but it is intertwined with the history of England and the world.”
Patterson created a 3-hour Nashville tour called the “Bites, Sites, and Civil Rights Tour,” that will launch Feb 1, 2020, as a Black History Month commemorative event, through October 31, 2020. This Nashville walking tour spotlights the Fisk Jubilee Singers and shines a light on Nashville as a historically rich city with music, food, and historical ties with England. To learn more, become a part of our community by clicking the link: www.unitedstreettours.com/united-street-tours-community.
ABOUT UNITED STREET TOURS
United Street Tours is a Nashville tour company. Founded February 2018, it showcases the hidden history of Nashville that educates, informs, and inspires.
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