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Amazing grace extolled during Sacred Harp singing

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Amazing grace extolled during Sacred Harp singing

TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST — On Monday, kin and friends, bonded by the love of Sacred Harp singing, celebrated Labor Day for the 101st time at Shoal Creek Church.

The singers, and a few listeners, inside the old Cleburne County sanctuary numbered at about 30. Most sang hymns that influenced the faith of Christians before America became a country, songs from rural England that became popular in New England and spread to the rural South. The singing is a capella.

Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church

The annual Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church in the Talladega National Forest (Cleburne County) on Monday. Charity Vaughn and Chris Nicholson from Texas sing. Photo by Bill Wilson

Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church

The annual Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church in the Talladega National Forest (Cleburne County) on Monday. Photo by Bill Wilson

Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church

The annual Labor Day Sacred Heart singing at Shoal Creek Church in the Talladega National Forest (Cleburne County) on Monday. Oscar McGuire sings. Photo by Bill Wilson