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Fisk Jubilee Singers, 1875

Music

Enslaved African Americans sang songs that came to be known as Negro Spirituals. Formed in 1871, the Fisk Jubilee Singers are credited with introducing Negro Spirituals to wider audiences. Spirituals express both the sorrow of hardships during enslavement and the anticipation of a free future. Harriet Tubman sang “Go Down, Moses” as a signal to enslaved people who were willing to join her.