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  • A.J. Wright
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      From: joycecauthen@... [mailto:joycecauthen@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 12:21 PM
      To: AlabamaFolklife@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [AlabamaFolklife] Press Release for Judge Jackson and The Colored
      Sacred Harp

      The Alabama Folklife Association announces the publication of Judge Jackson
      and the Colored Sacred Harp by Joe Dan Boyd. In it Boyd chronicles the life
      of Judge Jackson ("Judge" was his given name) as he progressed from a
      penniless sharecropper to a prominent landowner in Ozark, Alabama, and
      specifically focuses on his role as publisher in 1934 of a small volume of
      religious songs, written by and for African Americans in the style of the
      venerable shapenote book, The Sacred Harp.

      Boyd continues the narrative beyond the death of Judge Jackson to trace the
      history of the Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers, led by Dewey Williams and
      Judge Jackson's son, Japheth, through their appearances at the Smithsonian's
      Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1970, an exposition in
      Montreal in 1971 and inclusion in the National Geographic and a Bill Moyer's
      special on public television. He also writes of African-American Sacred Harp
      singing communities in Texas and Mississippi and compares them to the
      Wiregrass singers.
      The attractive, 160-page hardback book contains an informative introduction
      by John Bealle and 50 black and white photos. It also contains a CD that
      includes a recording made at a Sacred Harp singing by folklorist John Work
      in 1938, one made by Judge Jackson and family at a coin-operated recording
      booth in Dothan in 1950 as well as 25 other selections made at various
      singings through 1972.

      The book with CD enclosed costs $25 and is also available from The Alabama
      Center for Traditional Culture, 410 N. Hull Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 or
      may be ordered on-line from Alabamafolklife.org. If ordering by mail, add
      $2.50 for postage and handling.

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