On November 21, Northern Neck locals, Daisy Howard-Douglas and Barbara Maines, celebrated the 400 years of African-Americans being in America by presenting their “Becoming Virginia: The Early Years: African-American Spiritual Songs” program at the Montross Branch Library.
The program was focused on the history behind Negro Spirituals and their importance throughout African-American history. Each spiritual song at the program was sung by the Reverend J.B. Lee Choir of Siloam Baptist Church. The library was filled with locals singing along to songs such as: “Lift Every Voice,” “Wade in the Water,” “Steal Away to Jesus,” and “Down by the Riverside.”
Howard-Douglas worked as the Historical Spirituals Speaker at the event, sharing the background of each spiritual and their significance to slaves. She stated that the music helped slaves to deal with the everyday life struggle and helped them to get through each day.
Howard-Douglas also stated, “I am happy to bring the history of African-Americans to the audience. I am also happy that the audience was so receptive of it and sang along.”
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