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Ella Sheppard

Since I can never rely on Wikipedia to publish the complete article, again I am posting it here, so y'all can get the WHOLE truth! Ella Sheppard  (4 February 1851 - 9 June 1914) was a soprano, pianist, composer, and arranger of  Negro Spirituals . She was the matriarch of the original  Fisk Jubilee Singers  of  Nashville, Tennessee . [1] [2] [3]  She also played the organ and the guitar. Sheppard was a friend and trusted confidante of African-American activists and orators Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass. [4] Ella Sheppard, singer, pianist, arranger of Negro Spirituals, and matriarch of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers Contents    [ hide ]  1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Legacy 4 References Early life and education [ edit ] A direct descendant of  Andrew Jackson , Samuella "Ella" Sheppard was born on Jackson's plantation The Hermitage. [5] [6]  Sheppard's father Simon hired himself out as a Nashville liveryman and