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Evening of Gospel Choirs


The Evening of Gospel Choirs is held annually at Voorhees Chapel on the campus of Douglass Residential College in celebration of Black History Month, usually held the last Saturday in February. Typically, this event features local church choirs from the Central New Jersey Area.

Often the headliners have been the Lumzy Sisters of Mississippi. On occasion we have featured such nationally recognized acts as the Mississippi Blind Boys, one of the most popular and influential post-war gospel quartets. Powered by the vocals of lead singer Archie Brownlee, their single "Our Father" reached the Billboard R&B charts in the early 1950s, one of the first gospel records to do so.

This free concert is sponsored by the Campus Dean of Douglass at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Evening of Gospel Choirs is produced by Angus Kress Gillespie. Student officers of the New Jersey Folk Festival manage the program booklet, traffic signs, lighting, and ushering. Please check back in December for information on next year's event or for more information call 732-932-9174.

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