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A New Generation of Shape-Note Singers in Philadelphia

Thursday, October 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
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A New Generation of Shape-Note Singers in Philadelphia
By Rachel Hall
Folklife, October 5, 2018

Amid ethnic restaurants and idiosyncratic shops on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, there’s a storefront called the A-Space Anarchist Community Center. It’s a welcoming space, a meeting place for several activist and community groups, with colorful artwork by local artists on the walls and donated books on tables outside for anyone to take. There is a prison library program, poetry workshops, potlucks, and clothing swaps. And, on some nights, there is very loud religious singing.

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