Material History of American Religion Project

Picturing Faith: Religious America in Government Photography, 1935 - 1943

Negro Church
Jack Delano
April 1941
Heard County, Georgia

Irene Delano, wife of Jack Delano, wrote about this church to Stryker: “Yesterday we went hunting for churches and came upon one small Negro church where we got shots of all the deacons the preacher the whole meetin’ one fellow sang in a booming voice "‘Trying to make one hundred 99 ½ won’t do’ until all the hills around rocked in the rhythm! It’s just amazing how they can sing so beautifully without the aid of any sort of musical instrument!”

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