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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1697
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Golden Gospel - Afro American Roots grant records, 1985.
Amount: 0.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     Legislation of 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred to the Department of State the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial and authorized appointment of a Folk Life Director to oversee the program.  The Florida Folk Life Program was charged to "identify, research, and develop Florida folk artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk art resources, festivals, and folk life projects available throughout the state."
    Known as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until a 1995 reorganization, the bureau operated under the Division of Historical Resources, coordinating the annual Florida Folk Festival and directing such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, and numerous research and collecting projects and programs.  Part of the bureau was the Florida Folklife Archive, originally established in 1976 and maintained by the bureau as a depository for field notes and research findings of the folklife program and for the folklife collections of other researchers.

    Since 1995, the Florida Folklife Program has operated within the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources in Tallahassee and continues most of the same programs as the Bureau.

    The Triumphant Gospel Singers Association of Jacksonville, Florida applied for this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a concert focusing on  African-American a capella gospel quartet music and Negro spirituals.  The concert was a memorial to Otis Jackson, a gospel song composer, singer, promoter and radio announcer.  Jackson was a nationally known figure responsible for black gospel singers in the United States to start traveling from one city to another.  He was also instrumental in getting the very first black gospel recordings produced.
Summary:     This series documents funding and production of a concert featuring African-American gospel quartets and spirituals.  The series contains a copy of the grant, correspondence, site evaluation, and copies of the gospel concert programs containing biographies of a number of gospel quartets and groups.
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Subject Access Fields: Gospel music Florida
Folk music groups Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk singers Florida
African Americans Florida.
African American churches Florida.
Spirituals (Songs)
Folklife.
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