“At last they cleared the room and began, and a strange sight it was…”
Black Folk Music to the Civil War
“They found a secret door to take them into that world where the tears are wiped away…”
“The musical capacity of the negro race has been recognized for so many years that it is hard to explain why no systematic effort has hitherto been made to collect and preserve their melodies…”
Wallis Willis created the song “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” sometime before 1862; we like to pair it with this 1862 photograph by Concord, NH’s own H.P Moore.