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Downhome GospelAfrican American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country$
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Jerrilyn McGregory

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737820

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737820.001.0001

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“Ev’ry Day’ll Be Sunday”

“Ev’ry Day’ll Be Sunday”

Burial Sodalities

(p.26) Chapter 2 “Ev’ry Day’ll Be Sunday”
Downhome Gospel

Jerrilyn McGregory

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the perpetuation of burial societies in Wiregrass County. It explains that these sodalities integrate ritual movements and drama with sacred music, and discusses the connection between burial leagues such as the Sunday Morning Band with the past. The chapter suggests that a predominance of African Methodist Episcopal churches represents the cultural center for the continuation of what locals call Turnouts or lodge anniversary programs, and also explains that anniversary weekends serve as homecomings and reunions where family and friends reunite for these celebrations.

Keywords:   burial societies, Wiregrass County, ritual movements, sacred music, Sunday Morning Band, African Methodist Episcopal, Turnouts, lodge anniversary programs

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