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Collection Dates: 1954 – 2006
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of hundreds of hours of footage from Parade of Quartets, a gospel program aired on WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia. This collection documents decades of regional gospel music performances, religious practices, and political activities, and represents possibly the largest collection of gospel performance footage at any North American library. The collection is a rare example of a sustained African American media presence on a southern television affiliate.
Biographical Note: From 1954 to the present, WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia has broadcast the gospel music program Parade of Quartets, forming the backbone of the region's African American gospel music tradition for nearly sixty years. Hundreds of well-known Black gospel musicians such as Shirley Caesar, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Dixie Hummingbirds, James Brown, and the Swanee Quintet have appeared on the program over the years. In the last few decades, the program's content has expanded to include appearances by both local and national African American political leaders.
Extent: [ca. 189] videocassettes (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.;[ca. 107] videocassettes (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.;[ca. 106] videocassettes (BetaSP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.;[ca. 66] videocassettes (SVHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Genre: Religious works;Music;Musical variety;Public affairs
Subject Headings: Gospel music--Georgia--Augusta Region;Gospel music;Gospel musicians--Georgia--Augusta Region;Gospel musicians--United States;Television broadcasting of music--Georgia--Augusta Region;African American gospel singers--Georgia--Augusta Region;African American gospel singers--United States;Gospel singers--Georgia--Augusta Region;Gospel singers--United States;Caesar, Shirley, 1938-;Mighty Clouds of Joy (Musical group);Dixie Hummingbirds;Swanee Quintet;African American politicians--Georgia--Augusta Region;African American politicians--United States;Augusta Region (Ga.)--Religious life and customs;Augusta Region (Ga.)--Religion;African Americans--Religion;African Americans--Politics and government;Augusta Region (Ga.)--Politics and government--20th century;Augusta Region (Ga.)--Politics and government--21st century;Parade of quartets (Television program);Religious works.
Provenance: Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives by Karlton Howard, 2008.
Cite Collection As: Parade of quartets collection, 1984-2006. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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