Nestled between The Nations, Midtown, and Germantown, the Fisk-Meharry is a vibrant and growing area surrounding Fisk University and Meharry Medical University. This neighborhood has easy access to the heart of downtown and all that makes Nashville unique.
As we highlight the Fisk-Meharry community today we remember that on April 21, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. came to Nashville to speak at Fisk University. He addressed the crowd under bomb threats saying, “I came to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community”.
Fisk Meharry doesn’t only have two WONDERFUL HBCUs, Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, but represents one of the first free black communities in the nation.
This historically black neighborhood is the proud birthplace of Nashville Hot Chicken! Prince’s Hot Chicken was originally located on 28th Ave N and Jefferson but has since moved to Nolensville Pike. This chicken still warms our hearts and bellies. Plus it has an interesting start; The story goes that a woman mad at her man decided that instead of yelling at him for his misdeeds she would make him his favorite fried chicken … but just a little hotter… to light him up for doing her wrong. Hell hath no fury, right? Well wasn’t she was surprised at his reaction. Instead of going for a glass of water to douse the fire, he went back for seconds. And so the hunt for the perfect spicy chicken recipe started for Thorton Prince and Nashville Hot Chicken was born.
You will also find one of the only entertainment magnet high schools in the country, Pearl-Cohn Highschool in this unique neighborhood.
The recently completed The National Museum of African-American Music is a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates and preserves the influence African Americans have had on music. In 2002, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce proposed the idea of a museum whose aim was to preserve the culture, music, culture, and arts created by African Americans. What started as a local effort quickly evolved to the national level to include and zeroed in on the music. We are Music City after all. So the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) was born.
Now let’s talk food! eat place to walk through is the Nashville Farmers’ Market, adjacent to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Mall State Park. The Nashville Farmers’ Market was founded in the early 1800s and “includes two covered open-air sheds, a 24,000 square-foot garden center, a culinary incubation center and international food hall that includes some 20 restaurants and shops”. So grab yourself a kabob or fresh peach and wander through the garden or cross the street to enjoy the mall.
Nashville has become an international hub. Not only due to our international airport but because of the vast experiences our communities have to offer and Fisk Meharry is no different. A must-visit in this neighborhood is the delectable Riddim n Spice, a drool and Instagram-worthy restaurant that transports you with their Caribbean fare.
After all that delicious food you may need a drink! Tour and taste some of the best whiskey that Nashville has to offer! As the distillery community continues to grow you won’t want to miss local favorites: Corsair Distillery is ONLY in Nashville and Nelson Greenbrier which first opened pre-civil war, even surviving prohibition. Corsair, situated at 1200 Clinton St., Suite 110, is not only unique to Nashville but a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 180 reviews on Yelp. Nelson Greenbrier is located at 1414 Clinton St., it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 320 reviews on Yelp. Treat yourself to a little taste and tour at either distillery to learn the history, the art, and the delight of their whiskies.
The median sales price of a single family home in this area is $475,000 with a median of 1,660 sq ft.