Fisk Jubilee Singers Timeline

Below is a brief timeline of the history for the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Fisk School Established

January 1, 1866
Fisk School Established

The Fisk School was established in Nashville, Tennessee by John Ogden, the Reverent Erastus Milo Cravath and the Reverend Edward P. Smith.

Fisk convened its first classes

January 9, 1866
Fisk convened its first classes

Fisk convened its first classes in facilities in the former Union Army barracks, near the present site of the Union Station. These facilities were provided by General Clinton B. Fisk, after whom the school was named.

Fisk University was incorporated

August 22, 1867
Fisk University was incorporated

Fisk University was incorporated

Fisk Jubilee Singers – First Tour

October 6, 1871
Fisk Jubilee Singers – First Tour

The first group of Fisk Jubilee Singers®, under the direction of George L. White, left Nashville on their first tour

First European Tour

October 6, 1871
First European Tour

The second group of Fisk Jubilee Singers® left Nashville on the first European tour

Jubilee Hall Built

January 1, 1876
Jubilee Hall Built

Jubilee Hall, the South’s first permanent structure was built for the education of black students.

Approved by of the Association of American University and the American Association of University Women

January 1, 1930
Approved by of the Association of American University and the American Association of University Women

Fisk University became the first African-American institution to be placed on the approved list of the Association of American University (1933) and the American Association of University Women (1948).

First African-American president of Fisk University

January 1, 1946
First African-American president of Fisk University

Charles S. Johnson became the first African-American president of Fisk University

First chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

January 1, 1953
First chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Fisk University received a charter for the first chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus

Fisk Campus Designated As National Historic District

August 21, 2017
Fisk Campus Designated As National Historic District

The Fisk campus was designated as a National Historic District in recognition of its architectural, historic, and cultural significance

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