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Annual 4th of July Concert

Back Row: Mayor Randy Heath, Director Paul Hogue, Director Clark Walker;
Front Row: Pianist Mary Elizabeth Billman, Program Director, Hope Keller.

16th Annual Community Concert
July 1, 2012

Christ United Methodist Church

Jackson, Ohio

    In keeping with the communities remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Mrs. Keller with the able assistance of Mr. Robert Gordon of Gallipolis, Ohio gave us all a look into the life of the African-Americans who were still in bondage at that time. Mr. Gordon, who is well known for his studies in Appalachian and African-American cultures, taught us that the music of the mid 1800 black population was often used to communicate escape plans and escape methods while their owners and overseers listened. 

    Robert Ervin, as Abraham Lincoln spoke of Gettysburg and recited the "Gettysburg Address" which for 150 years has inspired Americans to build a better nation where all can live secure. The community chorus and band kept the evening lively with many of the well known marches and spirituals.

    The evening endingg with a solo sung by Sandy Wilkin, "Tribute To a Soldier" which could have been written for soldiers of all ages. The Comp;oser, Irene Ward, was in attendance.

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Annual Fourth of July Community Concert
Spirituals & Songs of Home

Christ United Methodist Church