African Americans in Nashville

Take a journey through African American history in Nashville. From the early arrival of free persons of color in the city through Emancipation, to hard-fought battles for voting rights in the 1940s and 1950s, to the classic country music scene in Music City today, you’ll learn about people who overcame barriers and made their mark on Nashville.

Learn about African American famous people including artist William Edmondson the first African American artist to have a solo show at the MOMA, lawyer J.C. Napier, future Congressman John Lewis, architect Moses McKissack, Fisk Jubilee Singers, businessman Preston Taylor and the world famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. Hear about famous African American events including the lunch counter sit ins, sporting events and political events.

Private tours may be booked for a maximum of 10 guests and are 2 hours in duration. More time and guests may be requested for an additional fee.