White Flight, Black Paradise ...Until Now - The Sound of Gentrification
If you find yourself turned around or disoriented, walk-in either direction down Jefferson Street and you won’t be far from three of the city’s historically black colleges and universities. With seven HBCUs, Tennessee secured a spot in the 10 for the most HBCUs in the United States. Nashville is home to Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, American Baptist College.
As we weave through the campuses, the stories we share are sure to shock and amaze you. For example, Fisk University was developed after the Civil War when the union soldiers packed up and went back North leaving the area unmanaged until newly freed slaves developed a blazing community filled with music and over 100 black-owned and operated businesses. These days, though, although the African American influence is firmly sealed, gentrification threatens to unroot it before the history can be passed on. This tour is only offered as a private option.