Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp Exhibit

A form of shaped-note singing that has its roots in 18th and 19th century rural America is the subject of this exhibit which illustrates the history of this musical tradition and the role it played in the culture of the region. the exhibit has a video demonstration of this wonderful art form, that is still celebrated at singing conventions in the Okefenokee Region today.

Although it is believed to have been practiced in the region since 1824, the first documentation of Sacred Harp singing in the region came with Lazarus Dowling’s (pictured opposite) singing school which opened in Hoboken after the end of the Civil War.