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Louisiana State Sacred Harp Convention

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

October 28, 1995

The sixth annual Louisiana State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Nancy Van Den Akker leading song on on page 135. The opening prayer was offered by Elder Randy Myers, pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. The following officers were elected: Chairman—Rick McLain; Vice Chairman—Frances Roper; Recording Secretary—Nancy Van Den Akker. Rick McLain took over the duties of chairman and led song on page 85. Leaders: Wallace MacKenzie 31b; Elizabeth Muhleisen 385b; Harry Eskew 361, 47 (t? b?); W. L. Green 287; David Young 64, 360; Emilie Smart 155; A. E. Probst 268; Patricia Collier 277; Adonna Lucas 30 (t? b?); Brenda Merritt 47b; John Merritt 45t.


A collection was taken to cover the expenses of the convention. Leaders: Jim Myers 68b; Joe Myers 358; Elder Randy Myers 63; John Kanode 159; Georgia Kanode 143; Jim Fields 212; Jared Prewitt 133; Leigh Ford 128; Kerry Jenkins 311; Nancy Van Den Akker 480. A lunch break was announced. Grace was led by Elder R. J. Wade.


After lunch the memorial lesson was conducted in memory of: Elree Meaulance, Mable Wilkinson, Elsie Lewis, Guy Lewis, Dale Redmon, Webster Callahan, and Ben Myers. Jim Myers led song on page 39t for the deceased. Leaders: Elizabeth Muhleisen 455; Rick McLain 49 (t? b?); Scott McMurrian 40; Harry Eskew 236; W. L. Green 423; Virginia Fields 61, David Young 332; Emilie Smart 267; A. E. Probst 66; Patricia Collier 145 (t? b?); Adonna Lucas 117; Brenda Merritt 285 (t? b?); John Merritt 127; Joe Myers 471b; John Kanode 48t.

Since our scheduled date would have put next year’s convention between Christmas and New Year’s Day, there was some discussion of a change in date. It was decided to have the convention on the Saturday before the last Sunday in September for 1996 only. Leaders: Georgia Kanode 164; Jim Fields 323b; Jared Prewitt 354b; Leigh Ford 34b; Kerry Jenkins 517. Thanks were offered to Bethel Primitive Baptist Church for their hospitality; the pastor extended an invitation to the convention to return next year, and this was gratefully accepted. Announcements of upcoming singings were made. Rick McLain and W. L. Green closed the convention leading song on page 62, “Parting Hand”.

Chairman—Rick McLain; Vice Chairman—Frances Roper; Secretary—Nancy Van Den Akker.