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African Americans chanted Ethnography Music Imitations Religious oratory Narratives Dialect tales Federal Music Project Office Jacksonville, Florida Duval County

An imitation of a Geechee preacher giving a sermon. As explained by the performer, a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind who grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina: "In the early days of the settlers in South Carolina--in Beaufort County--when the church was first established there, before there were schools and seminaries, why, those preachers preached mostly by imagination. And, as I've been in contact during my boyhood days with quite a few settlers from that part of the state, I've learned this sermon how an old minister used to preach it, long time ago, and instead of being able to read a text from the Bible, he just imagined something and went on to preach it in a form of dialect as I shall give you now, as near as I can imitate him." "Geechee," or "Gullah," refers to a group of African Americans who settled on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Their geographic isolation enabled them to preserve more of their West African heritage, including some elements of the language. Language used: Geechee.

Language: English Creoles
Duration: 3 Minutes, 16 Seconds
Performer: : Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) Performer: Stucky, Rev. Harden W. Performer: Stuckey, Rev. H. W.

Florida Folksong - Imitation Of Geechee Preacher

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