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Rotunda Singing

State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 2, 2002

The fifth session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February in the Rotunda of the State Capitol located in Montgomery, Alabama. Four books are used: “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”, “Christian Harmony”, “Colored Sacred Harp”, and “Cooper Revision Book”, with 30 minute sessions from each book.

Chairman Jim Carnes brought the class to order leading songs on pages 49b and 32t. H.J. Jackson offered the morning prayer.

The first session was from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” with Edith Tate acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Chita Blakeley 176t; Judy Caudle 198; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 348b; Amber Springfield 151; Leon Ballinger 137; Corene White and Jim Carnes 171; Max Berueffy 189; Gavin Blakeley 135; Myra Goss 236; Uel Freeman 64; Elene Stovall 436; Karen Clark 501; Danny Creel 269.

The second session was held from the “Colored Sacred Harp” with H.J. Jackson acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: H.J. Jackson 4; Bernice Harvey 65; Kenneth Smith 18; Barney Robinson 19; Estell Moultry and Barney Robinson 24; H.J. Jackson 9.

RECESS

The third session was held from the “Cooper Revision Book” with Tommie Spurlock acting as Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Joey Brackner and Jim Carnes 63; John Etheridge 444; Bill Aplin 567; Stanley Smith 433; Don Clark 186; Vickie Aplin 337; Andrew Albers 267b; Frank Hataway 138t; Bobby Jackson 522; Bill Hogan 478.

The fourth session was held from the “Christian Harmony” with Wanda Capps acting as Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Wanda Capps 121t (in memory of George Cox), 264; Flarce Creel 281b; John Plunkett 299; Cassie Franklin 54; Edith Tate 82; Don Clark 19; Danny Creel 131.

LUNCH

The afternoon of singing began with Jim Carnes leading song on page 142.

The first session was held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” with Edith Tate acting as Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Edith Tate and Max Berueffy 532; Amber Springfield 192; Amanda Denson 224; Danny Creel 383; Earl Ballinger 306; Ivalene Donaldson and Max Berueffy 270; Jonathan Blakeley 81t; Flarce Creel and Jean Ballinger 475; Stormy Britton 143; Jim Carnes 87; Steve Lambert 196.

The second session of the afternoon was held from the “Colored Sacred Harp” with H.J. Jackson calling the leaders.

Leaders: H.J. Jackson 12; Steve Grauberger 62; H.J. Jackson 87; Bernice Harvey “Give Me Just A Little More Time.”

RECESS

Bobby Jackson and Grace Harry led song on page 290 from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” as a special request.

The third session of the afternoon was held from the “Cooper Revision Book” with Tommie Spurlock acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Tommie Spurlock 140; Kenneth Smith 239; John Etheridge 98; Edith Tate 404; Karen Clark 571; Frank Hataway 507; Myra Goss 229; Andrew Albers 225t.

The last session of the day was held from the “Christian Harmony”.

Leaders: Bill Hogan 245; Cassie Franklin 64; John Plunkett 50; John Etheridge 110; Jonathan Blakeley 287.

Announcements were made. Jim Carnes, Joey Brackner, Elene Stovall, Tommie Spurlock, and Edith Tate led song on page 146 as the closing song. Joey Brackner dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Elene Stovall.