1873–1925
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Au­gust 6, 1873, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

Sep­tem­ber 7, 1925, Nashville, Tennessee.

Greenwood Ce­me­te­ry, Nashville, Tennessee.

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Son of a church choir director, Work graduated from Fisk Un­i­ver­si­ty (AB 1895, MA 1898). He taught Latin and Greek at Fisk, becoming chairman of the Latin & History Departments in 1906. From 1923 until his death, he served as president of Roger Williams Un­i­ver­si­ty in Nashville, Tennessee.

Work was a pioneer in collecting, performing, and preserving African-American folk music. His works in­clude:

  1. Go, Tell It on the Mountain

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