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Published on June 18th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union Annual Banquet

“Jubilee and Shape Note” 

Shaped notes or Jubilee singing infiltrated the African American congregations in the 19th century; a proclamation of the “Good News” through music for the greater glory of God.   In Columbia, there was a movement by several organizers and leaders who were determined to enhance worship in the Black Church.  As a result, “The City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union” was founded in 1922 by the late James Barley and Deacon Frank McCormick of Zion Baptist Church and W. D. White of Union Baptist Church.

Like many cultural traditions, if Jubilee/Shape Note singing is not recalled or implemented in our lives, it will become extinct; a foreign language. Jubilee/Shape Note singing is progressively fading from our structural legacy.  This singing was one of the things that kept our forefather’s minds off the dangers of life; be it real or perceived.  Singing these songs and hymns gave them encouragement and hope, these are the things that can bring us through trials and tribulations. 

I feel that would be an injustice to our communities and this society to allow such a tradition to become nonexistent. 

Our desire is to expose the unacquainted public to the hymnody and spiritual repertoire of Jubilee singing.

The City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union cordially invite you to our Annual Banquet on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Levi C. Chavous Conference Center, 5335 Ridgeway St., Columbia, SC  29203 from 7-10 pm.  We are celebrating our 97th Choir Anniversary.  Tickets are available for purchase; adults $30.00 and children 10 years and under $15.00. You may contact Naomi Samuel at 803-463-8773 or for additional information.





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