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The audio segments in the HEAR Your Own Voice gallery were recorded by Rev.
Taylor in his home at 2386 Hunter Avenue in Memphis, TN. Rev. Taylor
would invite many people to his home to talk into the microphone so
they could hear their voices. The Collection contains recordings when
Rev.Taylor would go to Ministers Meetings and Gatherings and record
The HEAR Church Music gallery contains samples of the recordings that
Rev.Taylor produced in his home as well as in regional churches.
HEAR Taylor's Radio contains radio broadcasts that Reverend Taylor would listen to at home. He'd set up his
microphone right in front of his radio and make lacquer discs of
programs he enjoyed. Some of these were entertainment shows like the
very popular Amos 'n Andy, newscasts, local music and, of course, church services. A newscast in this gallery from KOSE 860 AM in nearby Osceola, Arkansas makes you feel that you are back in the early 1950s hearing the news right off the wire service.
there are edited portions from two long records Rev. Taylor made. His
close friend Rev. W. Herbert Brewster produced a very popular radio
show called Gospel Treasure Hour broadcast on WMPS. These segments feature part of a sermon by Rev. Brewster and musical selections by Mrs. Queen C. Anderson and The Brewster Ensemble. The next two segments are from recordings of WHHM's remote broadcast of the 1947 Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Annual Convocation from Mason Temple in Memphis. The first cut is edited from a 6 minute speech by Educator and Civil Rights Activist Mary McLeod Bethune.
Mrs. Bethune calls the group to action by asking them to sign their
names and addresses in books that she planned to present to President
Truman's newly formed National Civil Rights Committee January 14, 1948. In the final cut in this section, Elder J. O.
Patterson closes the last radio broadcast of the convocation with a prayer. Elder Patterson later became the Presiding Bishop of COGIC.
HEAR Taylor's Own Voice contains a single, remarkable recording made by Taylor of himself. We do not know the circumstances around which he created this record although its personal nature invites many questions.
We want to hear from you. If you know people who lived in North
Memphis or were active in church life in Memphis during this time,
please ask them to listen to the interviews and music in this exhibit. Your participation gives us
clues about the recordings and the communities and individuals who are
featured. You can e-mail us by clicking the link next
to the audio title.