FW: [AlabamaFolklife] Press Release for Judge Jackson and The Col ored Sacred Harp
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Subject: [AlabamaFolklife] Press Release for Judge Jackson and The Colored
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
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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