The “Singing Window,” Tuskegee Chapel

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The African-American spiritual is the unique cultural creation of New World modernity. . . . the spirituals of American slaves of African descent constitute the first expression of American modern music. . . . The spirituals embody the creativity of courageous human beings who engaged the world of pain and trouble with faith, hope, spirit – and a kind of existential freedom even in slavery.

Cornel West, “The Spirituals as Lyrical Poetry”

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Click here to hear a recording of Tuskegee Choir performing  “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray”

Click here to see a design drawing for “The Singing Window”

© Donald E. Armstrong and Material Practices, 2013

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