Interview with Diana Bennett Jones, April 7, 2003
Scope and Contents
Interview with Diana Bennett Jones, Randolph County, Georgia, April 7, 2003. Fieldworker: Kuanita E. Murphy. From the South Georgia Folklife Collection at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.
- April 7, 2003
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Series 8: PRJ-1010 Sounds of South Georgia Box 19 Folder 70: VHS-1010.06 The McIntosh County Shouters may not be copied
3 Electronic Records (3 Electronic record(s) and derivatives. 439,846,920 bytes. 00:41:33. 2 PDF files (Tapelog, Artist Data Sheet). )
From the Collection: English
Tape Log Notes
item_title: "Jones, Diane Bennett"
project_title: Student Project
informant_name: "Jones, Diane bennett"
fieldworker: Kuanita E. Murphy
recording_engineer: Kuanita E. Murphy
recording_location: "Cuthbert, GA"
content_summary: Interview with Mrs. Diane b. Jones about the craft of Sacred harp singing
notes: interview conducted by Kuanita Murphy for an independent study for Laurie Sommers
index_of_contents: index exists in folder
technical_summary: "good, phone ringing, thunderstorm overhead"
genre: "religious music, singing, shape note music"
places: "Cuthbert, GA; Randolph county"
people: "Diana Bennett Jones,"
groups: Georgia/Alabama Singing Convention
keywords: "sacred harp, cotton field singing"
020: Shape-note singing traditions: conventions, singings
031: Georgia/Alabama Singing Convention
036: “...Singing messages to the Lord...”
046: Cotton field singing
052: Why members dropped out of the convention; several choirs dropped out already
062: Her perspective on the African American church
069: Singing Schools
088: Location of the singing schools/costs
108: Mount Cilla A.M.E. Church in Carnegie (Randolph County), Georgia
118: Her family experience with singing and how she learned it
131: “I’ll Be A Friend To Jesus” sung by Mrs. Diana B. Jones
158: She sings with her father and sisters still today.
174: “...singing is a daily constitution for me...”
184: “Music was a spiritual constellation”
190: Old traditions with singing in African American culture
196: Her son started when he was three with his father.
207: Her daughter sings daily in the home as well
216: Cotton Field Songs
220: “I Wonder If The Day Will Ever Come When We’ll Be Free” sung by Mrs. Jones
246: Her knowledge of singing
254: “...a way of getting the message out that they couldn’t tell
265: What is important to keep the tradition alive?
272: Her thoughts on what she thinks is important to keep tradition alive.
289: Contemporary gospel
300: Revitalizing an interest in Randolph County for the younger generation
316: Education of the Shape-note singing in the community
327: Recollections on singings events and traditions and attendance
382: Prayer meetings
400: Congregation size in African American churches
410: Churches in Carnegie (Randolph County), Georgia where she attended church: Mount Cilla A.M.E. (1st Sunday church), New Jerusalem (2nd Sunday), Saint Luke Missionary Baptist (3rd Sunday), and Sweet Beulah (4th Sunday)
429: What happened to these churches? Structures?
457: “.. .1 believe people would feel more fulfilled in their daily living if they would go back to some of the old time ways...”
462: Educating the youth to keep tradition going
489: “I have learned to let the Lord guide and lead me daily.
502: Her personal hopes for shape-note singing
511: Talks about writing her own music and experiences
595: END of Interview