Jennie Jackson DeHart and the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Jennie Jackson sang in the original Fish Jubilee Singers beginning in 1871. In 1885 she married the Nashville preacher Andrew J. DeHart, and the couple promptly returned to DeHart’s hometown of Cincinnati. Jennie Jackson Dehart continued her concert career with variations on the Jubilee Singers as her husband took over as principal at the Colored[…]

Lane Seminary Debates

Walnut Hills played a central role in the beginning of the Abolitionist movement that demanded an end to slavery in the United States. Lane Theological Seminary opened to students in 1833, and in February, 1834, the students organized a series of debates about slavery. The students voted overwhelmingly that slavery should end immediately. The formerly[…]

James Bradley

James Bradley arrived in Walnut Hills in 1834 as a former slave who bought his own freedom. In the peculiar institution of slavery, African Americans found ways to shape their own destinies. Bradley seized upon many of the opportunities available to enslaved people in a story of entrepreneurial genius. On a plantation in Arkansas he[…]