They preserved the tradition of Negro spirituals.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced 'slave songs' to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They performed for president Ulysses S. Grant at the White House in 1872 and toured Europe the following year.
The group was formed in 1871 to raise money for the financially struggling university. In the first seven years they were together, they raised over $150,000, enough to pay off the school's debts and purchase Fort Gillen, the current site of the university.
The composers of "Lift Every Voice And Sing."
Religious folksong born from African enslavement in America.
A uniquely American syncopated music and precursor to jazz.