History of the United Convention

The United Sacred Harp Musical Association was founded in Atlanta in 1905 by James L. White and Joe S. James, following a series of large singings in 1904 connected with tent revivals in the Atlanta area. The convention was based in that city for most of its early history. The United Association appointed the committee that revised the 1870 Sacred Harp as handed down by B.F. White, and produced the edition known as Original Sacred Harp (1911), published by Joe S. James, with musical editor S.M. Denson. About a thousand people attended each singing in its heyday in the 1920s in the Atlanta area. John Plunkett has compiled newspaper clippings and other records of the convention in a commemorative booklet issued at the 100th annual session in September 2003: "Newspaper Accounts from the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association, 1904-1956."

A list of the locations and chairmen of this convention over the last eighty years follows, based on minute books and newspaper accounts:

2014   Union Baptist Church     Warrior AL
2013   Church of Our Saviour	Atlanta GA          Matt Hinton	    
2012   Liberty Church		Henagar AL	    David Ivey
2011   Trevecca Nazarene Univ.  Nashville TN        Eddie Mash
2010   Zion Hill P.B. Church    Douglas AL          Henry Johnson
2009   Corinth Baptist Church   Fyffe AL            Shane Wootten
2008   Johnson School House     Fayette AL   Elene Stovall & Joan Aldridge
2007   Mt. Pisgah P.B. Church   Stroud AL           Karen Clark
2006   S. Highland Presb. Ch.   Birmingham AL       Max Berueffy
2005   Belmont University       Nashville TN        Tim Reynolds
2004   Ebenezer P.B. Church     Dunwoody GA         Richard DeLong
2003   Zion Hill P.B. Church    Douglas AL          Susan Harcrow
2002   Johnson School House     Fayette AL          Max Berueffy
2001   Shady Grove Church       Dutton AL           Dennis George
2000   Old County Line Church   Corner AL           Rodney Ivey
1999   Liberty Church           Henagar AL          David Ivey
1998   Burritt Museum           Huntsville AL       Linton Ballinger
1997   Old County Line Church   Corner AL           Harrison Creel
1996   Shady Grove Church       Dutton AL           Rex Wilks
1995   Liberty Church           Henagar AL          Coy Ivey
1994   Emmaus P.B. Church       Carrollton GA       Jerry Enright
1993   Old County Line Church   Corner AL           Harrison Creel
1992   West Georgia College     Carrollton GA       David McGukin
1991   Old County Line Church   Corner AL           Harrison Creel
1990   First Baptist Church     Evanston IL         Ted Mercer
       University of Chicago    Chicago IL
1989   Burritt Museum           Huntsville AL       David Ivey
1988   Wilson Chapel            Carrollton GA       Sheri Webb
1987   Shady Grove Church       Dutton AL           Mark Brown
1986   Sherer Auditorium        Jasper AL           Hugh McGraw
1985   VFW Hall                 Fort Payne AL       Kelly Beard
1984   Hopewell P.B. Church     Oneonta AL          Coy Ivey
1983   Climax Presb. Church     Westville GA        Richard DeLong
1982   Shady Grove Church       Dutton AL           Toney Smith
1981   Hopewell P.B. Church     Oneonta AL          David Ivey
1980   Wilson Chapel            Carrollton GA       Henry Wilson
1979   Liberty Church           Henagar AL     Preston Crider & Coy Ivey
1978   Rocky Mount P.B. Church  Arab AL             Ricky Harcrow
1977   Antioch Baptist Church   Ider AL             Leonard Lacy
1976   Ephesus P.B. Church      Fairfax AL          E.G. Akin
1975   Wilson Chapel            Carrollton GA       Jim Ayers
1974   Smyrna Church            Goodwater AL        E.I. McGuire
1973   Wilson Chapel            Carrollton GA       Buell Cobb
1972   Recreation Hall          Gadsden AL          A.J. Webb
1971   New Hope Church          Villa Rica GA       M.H. Handley
1970   Convention Hall          Gadsden AL          Ira James
1969   New Hope Church          Villa Rica GA       Hoyt Cagle
1968   Macedonia P.B. Church    Section AL          Leonard Lacy
1967   Smyrna Church            Goodwater AL        Lloyd Redding
1966   Wilson Chapel            Carrollton GA       Ruth Denson Edwards
1965   Ellington Ag. Center     Nashville TN        Priestly Miller
1964   Oak Grove Church         Roswell GA          Hoyt Cagle
1963   LaFayette High School    LaFayette AL        Hoyt Cagle
1962   Trinity Baptist Church   Newnan GA           Carl Hughes
1961   Oneonta Civic Center     Oneonta AL          Hugh McGraw
1960   Ava Hall                 Bowden GA           Jim Ayers
1959   Corinth Church           Fyffe AL            Leman Brown
1958   Baptist Church           Edwardsville AL     George Phillips
1957   Oneonta Civic Center     Oneonta AL          H.N. McGraw
1956   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          M.F. McWhorter
1955   Rocky Mount P.B. Church  Arab AL             M.F. McWhorter
1954   Rocky Mount P.B. Church  Arab AL             M.F. McWhorter
1953   Rocky Mount P.B. Church  Arab AL             M.F. McWhorter
1952   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA         
1951   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA         
1950   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA      
1949   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA         
1948   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA         
1947   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA         
1946   Fulton Co. Courthouse    Atlanta GA          E.J. Brittain
1945   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          O.E. Drake
1944   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          O.E. Drake
1943   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          O.E. Drake
1942   Fulton Co. Courthouse    Atlanta GA          O.E. Drake
1941   Lakewood Fairgrounds     Atlanta GA          
1940   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          
1939   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          
1938   City Auditorium          Atlanta GA          
1937   Lakewood Fairgrounds     Atlanta GA          
1936   Red Men's Wigwam         Atlanta GA          

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