A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers

In 1877, the Fisk School in Nashville, which was the first school for freed slaves, was struggling to stay open. The music teacher, George White, took the school chorus on a singing tour hoping to raise money. At first, the group sang popular music, but few were interested. Then, Ella Sheppard, one of the students, sang one of her songs "No More Auction Block For Me" and ushered in wide public interest in "jubilee" music - Black spirituals - songs of hope in a time of sorrow and desperation. This true story is told through the words of Ella's great, great, granddaughter. Honor Book for Older Children, 2000


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