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Nashville's 10 Hidden Gems

Think you know Nashville? Take our tour of ten frequently overlooked gems, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and all of which help tell our great city’s story.

Written By:  Susannah Felts

Photographers:  Kristin Sweeting

Dates back to: 1892

Fisk Memorial Chapel, Fisk University

Fisk University’s campus—a Historic District in the National Register—was made possible by what was arguably one of the city’s early marketing schemes: the enormously successful tours of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The young school, founded in 1867 in the wake of the Civil War, first operated out of former Union army barracks, but by 1871 it faced financial doom. In response, music professor Reverend George White and a small group of students hit the road, hoping to save the school with live concerts. Within five years, they’d raised enough money to buy land and erect Jubilee Hall, the first permanent facility dedicated to the higher education of blacks in the South. A few years later, the chapel was built in memorial to Gen. Clinton B. Fisk, one of the university’s founders, and it’s long been the Jubilee Singers’ home performance hall. Numerous acclaimed entertainers, political leaders, and other luminaries have appeared here, including Martin Luther King Jr., Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Langston Hughes, and Bell Hooks. 1000 17th Ave N Nashville, TN 37208; fiskmemorialchapel.com

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