Fisk University, Jubilee Hall, Nashville, Tennessee
Building/structure dates: 1876 initial construction
Significance: The American Missionary Association of New York City and the Western Freedmen's Aid Commission of Cincinnati, assisted by Gen. Clinton B. Fisk, then in charge of the Freedmen's Bureau in Tennessee, founded Fisk University. The institution was opened in 1866 as Fisk School and was chartered as a university in 1867. The imposing Jubilee Hall, an L-shaped six-story Victorian Gothic dormitory, is the oldest and largest building at Fisk University and the oldest permanent building for the higher education of Negroes in the United States. Designed by the New York architect Stephen D. Hatch, the handsome building was completed in 1876 with part of the money made by the first group of Jubilee Singers. In 1871 the chorus of seven women and four men students made an extensive tour of the larger northern cities, Europe, and the British Isles. Proceeds of the tour proved sufficient to purchase land for the university campus and build Jubilee Hall. Source: Historic American Building Survey

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