• Nina Kennedy

The National Museum of African American Music


Back in October when we were in Nashville for the Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni Awards Concert, we met with the directors of the new National Museum of African American Music, which is scheduled to open later this year. The curators for the museum had asked me for some materials on my parents, which would be included in the exhibit on the Fisk Jubilee Singers. They were also interested in the fact that my maternal grandmother Nina Hortense Clinton had sung with Frederick Loudin's group of Jubilee Singers from 1900 to 1903.

The Loudin Jubilee Singers

Frederick Loudin had sung with the original Fisk Jubilee Singers of 1872. But after he was no longer affiliated with the school, he formed his own group of singers and traveled with them across the globe. The museum curators were especially interested in the letters my grandmother had written to her parents in Ohio while travelling with the group in Great Britain, in which she described the mourning period following the death of Queen Victoria, and the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.

NMAAM CEO Henry Hicks and Dr. Dina Bennett

Museum President and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks and Senior Curator Dr. Dina Bennett were here in New York to appear on CBS This Morning:

NMAAM on CBS This Morning

We will keep you posted as the day of the Grand Opening approaches!