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 55 years follows, based on minute books and newspaper accounts:
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
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