The legendary Jefferson Street of Nashville is now protected by the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).
NMAAM will look after four of Jefferson’s blocks as part of the Adopt-A-Street program organized by Metro Nashville Public Works. This part of Music City is crucial for the legacy of Black music and culture: for instance, Fisk University, the birthplace of Fisk Jubilee Singers, is located here.
“Jefferson Street is the musical heartbeat of this city,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO of the NMAAM, adding that being the agents of such an essential part of the city’s history was humbling.
Following the program, the NMAAM will start with hosting cleanups on Jefferson Street once the lockdown measures allow it. The museum itself is working towards its own official opening, which is scheduled for September of this year.