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Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church

Each year, on the first Sunday (and the Saturday before) in June and again on the first Sunday of November, Sacred Harp singers gather at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church for an all-day singing out of the Sacred Harp hymnbook.  The singings regularly draw visitors from across the United States, as well as internationally.  The singing is split up into morning and afternoon sessions, and is divided by a dinner on the grounds where visitors share homemade dishes and desserts laid out on tables under an awning outside the church.

 

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In 1990, Holly Springs was honored with a historical marker commemorating the importance of the church to the Sacred Harp community.


 

Since the late 19th century, Holly Springs has been a focal point for Sacred Harp singers.  These images, taken in 1978, show a recording of the annual November singing.



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Matt Hinton leads a song with Clarice and Priscilla Hammock, who sing with the United Shape Note Singers.  The November 2012 singing at Holly Springs was their first experience at a Sacred Harp singing.