Jubilee Hall, Fisk University
Fisk University was founded in 1866 by the American Missionary Association to provide a liberal arts education for African Americans after the Civil War. It was one of the first such schools established after the war. Completed in 1876, this building, Jubilee Hall, is the oldest structure on campus. Designed by Stephen D. Hatch, it is an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture and is the oldest building on campus. Notably, it is also the oldest remaining building constructed for the higher education of African Americans in the country. Jubilee Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Today the building serves as a dormitory. It is named after a student vocal chorus called the Jubilee Singers, who toured the United States and Europe to help raise funds for the university and the building's construction. The interior features a floor to ceiling mural of the singers commissioned in 1873 by Queen Victoria, who was impressed by their performance. The group continues to perform today.
Backstory and Context
Senkevitch, Anatole. "Fisk University, Jubilee Hall." National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. December 9, 1971. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/42e6db44-6f35-4fca-a647-ae7498fbaba5.
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