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Zion Hill Homecoming Sacred Harp Singing (Cooper Book)

Henderson (Rusk County), Texas

June 20, 1999

The Zion Hill Singing was opened at 10:00 a.m. with prayer by Brother Raymond Smith, pastor of Zion Hill Church. John Morris led songs on pages 58 and 36b.

Leaders: Charlie Vaughn 337, 63; Monnie Ross 49t, 45; Mary Bachmann 37, 478; Esther Huckaby 64, 358; Dalton Clanton 507b, 563; Ruby Morris 277, 270; Harold Hill 74b, 203; Clydene McKay 78, 179.

RECESS

John Morris called the class to order leading song on page 168. Leaders: David Rousseau 84, 87; Irma Lea Faust 299, 222; Sarah Starnes 155, 159; Robert Vaughn 50t, 47b.

A memorial lesson was held. Dalton Clanton read an article written on June 14, 1905 in the Henderson newspaper about the Zion Hill Homecoming and Sacred Harp Singing. It mentioned that there were approximately 1,500 people in attendance. Those deceased from Texas remembered were: Joe Nelson, Lizzie Rousseau, Lillie Griffith, Emma Jean Moore, Dorothy George Blake, Gerald D. Arthur, Marjorie E. Jones, Johnny Deason, Lawrence W. George, and Mary Welch. John Morris led song on page 381 in their memory. Robert Vaughn led the class in prayer.

LUNCH

John Morris brought the class to order leading song on page 268. Leaders: Robert Vaughn 101b, 67; Emmie Morris 171, 137; Charlie Vaughn 549, 387; Dale Redmon, Jr. 500, 540; Monnie Ross 285t, 488b; Esther Huckaby 505, 143; Dalton Clanton 573.

RECESS

John Morris resumed singing with song on page 571. Leaders: Ruby Morris 332, 108; Harold Hill 395b, 73t; Clydene McKay 170, 290; David Rousseau 119, 127; Irma Lea Faust 189, 143; Sarah Starnes 300, 239; Robert Vaughn 71, 324; Mary Bachmann 38t, 225; Marion Grant 447, 47t.

Robert Vaughn led song on page 386 as the closing song. David Rousseau dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Morris; Secretary—Emmie Morris.