From Spirituals to Blues and Gospel: The History of a Multi-Century Musical Evolution

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On Sept. 24, 2022 the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park will present the free program “From Spirituals to Blues and Gospel: The History of a Multi-Century Musical Evolution” at Greater Refuge Temple Church of God, 800 Robbins Street in Cambridge, Md., 21613, from 2 to 5pm.  Registration is not required; however, the venue has limited seating with a maximum occupancy of 300 people. The event will also be livestreamed on the park’s Facebook Page.

This program will provide attendees and viewers with the historical origins of spirituals and their association with free and enslaved Blacks spanning the 17th through 19th centuries. Harriet Tubman relied on her faith, religious values, and spirituals as a source of comfort and this program will bring to light that aspect of her life. There will be an assortment of singers, musicians, interpreters, and living history performers, all communicating how spirituals evolved over time into what we know today as blues and gospel music. Read more.

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