In celebration of Black History Month this year, Raynham Hall Museum is presenting “Songs That Brought Us Through,” a recital of traditional gospel music, performed by June E. Townes and Gospera, a renowned gospel choir. “This Museum has evolved to present a fuller narrative of the 18th and 19th centuries, so sharing the often-untold stories—especially of people of color—is a valuable element of what we are now doing every day,” explained Harriet Gerard Clark, the museum’s Executive Director. “During Black History Month, we can shine an affirming light on Black men and women who played vital roles in the forming of our nation and persevered in later decades.”
According to Townes, “The Negro Spiritual served from slavery to emancipation as a vessel of communication, empowerment, and inspiration, and helped a nation of people in bondage endure life. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Negro Spirituals, as well as hymns and folk songs, became the soundtrack that fueled the movement and has continued to serve as an integral part of human rights movements through the years.” “Songs That Brought Us Through” celebrates and preserves the beauty and legacy of the Negro Spiritual, hymns, and folk songs while exemplifying their continued relevance though the years and during current times. Admission is a suggested donation of $25.00.