Audio Recordings "Shall We Gather At the River?"

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"Shall We Gather At the River?"
Contributor Names
Arnett Baptist Church congregation (Interviewee)
Hufford, Mary, 1952- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
April 13, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Community space
-  Coal River (W. Va.)
-  Public space
-  Crane Hole (W. Va.)
-  Marsh Fork (Big Coal River, W. Va.)
-  Arnett Chapel (Arnett, W. Va.)
-  "Shall We Gather At the River?"
-  Baptism in the river
-  Jarrell, Vicky
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  Songs
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Arnett
-  West Virginia -- Coal River
-  The deeper holes of the Coal River have long supported the ritual of baptism by immersion in living waters. At the Crane Hole in Arnett, the bank slopes gently enough to allow wading into deep water. Here the congregation of the Arnett Chapel gathers behind the Arnett Fire Hall on a chilly April morning for the baptism of Vicky Jarrell. This is a recording of the opening hymn, "Shall We Gather at the River."
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-MH-114
AFC 1999/008: CRF-MH-A114
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Arnett Baptist Church Congregation, and Mary Hufford. "Shall We Gather At the River?". 1996. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed February 28, 2017.)

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