Fisk Jubile Singers Make their way to Washington

This Valentine’s Day, state history will be made in Tacoma. The iconic 139-year-old American vocal group Fisk Jubilee Singers will be performing for the first time in Washington with the Tacoma Philharmonic.

“I think it’s an event of huge importance,” said Andy Wood, executive director of Tacoma Philharmonic. “To celebrate Black History Month and to have the group that introduced slave songs to America perform a concert in Washington for the first time – it’s a historic event.”

The Fisk Jubilee Singers formed in the tumultuous years following the Civil War as a way to save their financially troubled school, Fisk Free Colored School for the education of freedmen.

Traveling the path of the Underground Railroad, collecting donations as they performed, the singers slowly began to gather enough funds to support their school – now Fisk University – and to complete the now historic landmark Jubilee Hall.