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Louisiana State Sacred Harp Convention

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saturday, September 30, 2000

The eleventh annual Louisiana State Sacred Harp Convention was held at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Elder R.J. Wade opened the singing with prayer. Jim Fields led a brief singing lesson, and then led songs on pages 40 and 47b.

Leaders: Wallace McKenzie 47t, 49b; Nancy Van Den Akker 347, 384; Marvin Miller 63, 45t; Bill Hogan 39t, 171; Elizabeth Muhleisen 163b, 270; Georgia Kanode 358, 348b; Virginia Fields 354b, 68b.


An election of officers was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Fields; Vice Chairman—Wallace McKenzie; Secretary—Nancy Van Den Akker.

Harry Eskew initiated a discussion of spreading Sacred Harp into northern parts of the state. Several people with contacts at Centenary College in Shreveport offered to speak to them about singing there.

The date for the next Louisiana State University singing was discussed, and the Saturday before the fourth Sunday was tentatively chosen.

Leaders: John Kanode 34b, 452b; Harry Eskew 154, 128; Jeff Corbett 81t, 200; Andrew Albers 226 (?), 232.

Susan Spillman spoke of her mother, who was in hospice care and was not expected to be with us much longer. She expressed her intention to hold a memorial service after her mother passed, and invited the singers to come and sing.

Leaders: A.E. Probst 66, 209; Regina Foster 148, 142; Charles Franklin 290, 369.


Wallace McKenzie opened the afternoon session with the memorial lesson, leading songs on pages 235 and 268 for the deceased and for the sick and shut-ins. The deceased remembered were: Willie Mosley—Alabama; Irma F. Giffels—Arkansas; Dr. Genter Stephens—Louisiana; Ed Craig—Texas.

Those sick and shut-ins remembered were: Bill Green—Alabama; Susan Fitch—Louisiana; Alcie Craig—Texas. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Nancy Van Den Akker 361; Bill Hogan 192; Elizabeth Muhleisen 37b; Virginia Fields 31t; John Kanode 31b; Harry Eskew 178; Jeff Corbett 53; Andrew Albers 320; A.E. Probst 479; Regina Foster 85; Charles Franklin 342; Andrew Albers 325; Jim Fields 518; Bill Hogan 239 (?); John Kanode 49t.

Announcements of local singings were made. James Lee Savoie and Pam Savoie, visitors from Houma, Louisiana, sang “I Need Thee Every Hour” in French. Harry Eskew closed the singing with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Fields; Vice Chairman—Wallace McKenzie; Secretary—Nancy Van Den Akker.