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Eckstein-Norton Institute Musical Company

The company was comprised of the school's director of the conservatory, Hattie Gibbs, and Lulu Childers, A. L. Smith, and W. B. Hayson. The group gave concerts to secure funds for the replacement of the main building, which had burned in 1892. The school also had the Eckstein-Norton University Singers, a student singing company that performed for public relations and student recruitment events. Eckstein-Norton Institute was located in Cane Spring, KY. The school opened in 1890 and was merged with Lincoln Institute in 1912. For more about the musical company see Out of Sight: the Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895, by L. Abbott and D. Seroff. For more about Eckstein-Norton see the school's Letter Copy Books,1891-1911 by C. H. Parrish.


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NKAA Entry: Marshall, Harriet (Hattie) A. Gibbs
NKAA Entry: Childers, Lulu Vere
NKAA Entry: Lincoln Institute (Lincoln Ridge, KY)
NKAA Entry: Parrish, Charles H., Sr.
NKAA Source: Out of sight: the rise of African American popular music, 1889-1895
NKAA Source: Letter copy books, 1891-1911 : of the Eckstein Norton Institute, Cane Spring, Bullitt County Kentucky

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NKAA Entry:  Marshall, Harriet (Hattie) A. Gibbs

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