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Interview with Diana Bennett Jones, April 7, 2003

 File — Bag: \folklife\prj1014\, Folder: 004_jones-diana
Collection number: PRJ1014-004

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


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"

call_number: PRJ-1012

project_title: Student Project


informant_name: "Jones, Diane bennett"

fieldworker: Kuanita E. Murphy

recording_engineer: Kuanita E. Murphy

date: 4/7/2003

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

consent_form: Yes

transcription: Yes

access_copy: No

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"

Processing Information

CAS1012.41, ADS-1012-04

Tape Index

006: Mrs. Diane Jones’ experience singing Shaped-note 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

the master...”

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

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)