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Rotunda Singing

State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

February 6, 1999

The second 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 different books are used: “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”; “Christian Harmony”; “Colored Sacred Harp”; and “Cooper Revision Book”, with 30 minute sessions from each book. A very warm welcome was extended to all present from a representative of the State of Alabama and from Chairman Jim Carnes. Art Deason led the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Shelbie Sheppard; Arranging Committee—Art Deason, H.J. Jackson, John Etheridge, and Linda Thomas.

The first session was held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”. Leaders: Jonathan Blakeley 81t; Linda Thomas 31b; Jeff Sheppard 129; Amanda Denson 276; Judy Mincey 475; Hugh McGraw 510; Shelbie Sheppard 142; Bud Oliver 39b; David Lee 39t; Steven Levine 373; Judy Caudle 540; Regina Glass 212.

The second session was from the “Colored Sacred Harp”. Leaders: H.J. Jackson 24, 9; Ed Snell 4; Bernice Harvey 65; Joyce Belcher 65b; Janice Johnson 19; H.J. Jackson 46.

RECESS

The singing resumed with songs from the “Christian Harmony”. Leaders: Art Deason 157; George Cox 130t; Shannon Clark 109; Billy Thompson 289; Tish Crocker 204t; Ola Meadows 135; Tim Cook 117; Cecile Cox 105b; John Etheridge 110.

The next session was from the “Cooper Revision Book”. Leaders: Clarke Lee 563; David Lee 478; Milton Oliver 505; John Etheridge 73b (for A.C. Carter); Jim Pfau 176t; Gene Wakefield 164; Frances Jones 323b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with songs from the “Christian Harmony”. Leaders: Art Deason 64; Jonathan Blakeley 216; Billy Thompson 342; Clara D. Smith, Ernestine Thompson, Mrs. Elvin Morris, Cecile Cox, and Ola Meadows (all sisters) 87; Durward Scarborough 19; Jean Gray and Junie McNeal 281; Donald Smith 215.

The next session began with songs from the “Colored Sacred Harp”. Leaders: H.J. Jackson 18; Ed Snell 25; Bernice Harvey 62; Joyce Belcher 87; Janice Johnson 3.

Songs from the “Cooper Revision Book” were used in the next session. Leaders: Regina Glass 497; Paul Wyatt 559; Chita Blakeley 500; Don Bowen 336t; J.A. Mosley 282; John Plunkett 498b; Charlotte Bishop 229; Clarke Lee 411.

The final session was songs from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”. Leaders: Jim Carnes 146; Buell Cobb 79; Freeman Wootten and Jewel Wootten 480; J.L. Hopper 543; Rene Greene 384; Wayne Morgan 569b; Lee Rogers 454; Jimmy Cates 137; Eloise Watkins 426b; Buckley Hopper 268; Joey Brackner 196; Waylon Blakeley and Lacey Presley 77t; Dennise Burleson 218; Ozella Blackmon 329; Carla Smith 358.

Announcements were made. Jim Carnes and Joey Brackner led song on page 40 as the closing song. Jonathan Blakeley dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Shelbie Sheppard.