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Rotunda Singing

State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 5, 2000

The third 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.

Jim Carnes brought the class to order leading song on page 82t from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”, and the morning prayer was offered by Don Clark.

The first session was from the “Christian Harmony” with Bill Hogan acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Ozella Blackmon 131, 110; Bill Hogan 86b, 135; John Etheridge 64; Tim Cook 49, 59b; Don Clark 253; George Cox 298, 41t; Regina Glass 346, 339.

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

Leaders: Ed Snell 1, 4; Janice Johnson 19, 20; H.J Jackson 18, 9, 10, 65; Herbert Buckhannon 64; H.J. Jackson 24.

The third session was from the “Cooper Revision Book” with Don Clark acting as Arranging Committee. Leaders: Kennon Smith 497, 365; Bobby Jackson 282; Frank Hadaway 290; Dewayne Hawthorne 436b; Betty Wright 511b; Sharon Whitehead 229; John Etheridge 336t; Eloise Watkins 478; Charlotte Bishop 571.

The fourth session was from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” with Elene Stovall acting as Arranging Committee. Leaders: Linda Thomas and Elene Stovall 99; Judy Caudle 397; Don Bowen 171; Robert Handel 107; Judy Mincey 475; Elder J.L. Hopper 198; Lee Rogers 196; Gene Wakefield 168; Kathleen Robbins 142. Brother H.J. Jackson offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon of singing began with Jim Carnes and Celia Carnes leading song on page 146 from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”.

The first afternoon session was from the “Christian Harmony”. Leaders: Cecile Cox 149; Retha Deason 110; Margie Simmons 142; Elvin Morris 235; Tish Crocker 204t; Donald R. Smith 160; Robert Handel 81t; John Etheridge 261b.

Our next session was devoted to songs from the “Colored Sacred Harp”. Leaders: H.J. Jackson 74b; Ed Snell 25b; Herbert Buckhannon 62; Janice Johnson 59b; H.J. Jackson 87b, 95.


The singing resumed with songs from the “Cooper Revision Book”. Leaders: Bill Hogan 505, 184; Regina Glass 393t; Don Clark 398b; Kennon Smith 54t; Bobby Jackson 381t; Dewayne Hawthorne 68t; Frank Hadaway 58; Betty Wright 323b.

The final session was held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”. Leaders: Amanda Denson 217; Jimmie Denney 101t; Liz Bryant 384; Charles Wood 510; Mary Alice Wakefield 119; Jim Cauthen and Joyce Cauthen 47b; Annie Lee Price 434; Don Bowen and Betty Wright 347; Don Clark 491 (in memory of Mrs. Holt Morris).

Announcements were made. Jim Carnes, John Etheridge, and Elene Stovall led song on page 436 as the closing song. Elder Donald Smith dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—John Etheridge; Secretary—Linda Thomas; Arranging Committee—Elene Stovall, Don Clark, Bill Hogan, and H.J. Jackson.