Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Ella Sheppard (Moore) 1851 - 1914



Marker ID: THC 3A 142
Location: on 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.97    W 086° 48.185
  36.16616666    -86.80308333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Ella Sheppard (Moore)
1851 - 1914


Ella Sheppard, an original Fisk Jubilee Singer, lecturer and teacher, was born on February 4, 1851. She entered Fisk in 1868, and was selected to join the group of nine singers that set out on October 6, 1871 to raise funds to save the school. She also served as pianist and assistant director for this group which introduced spirituals to the world. After seven years, the Singers had raised $150,000 and brought the cause of Black education to the attention of millions. Her home stood on this site

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission