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The president of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City, California, recently discovered an unusual book in his late mother’s extraordinary collection of African-American artifacts. The small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation songs. Could this be the first book of African-American spirituals ever published?

 

 

ROLL JORDAN ROLL 

 

Roll Jordan, roll
Roll Jordan, roll
I wanter go to heav’n when I die
To hear ol’ Jordan roll
O brethern
Roll Jordan, roll
Roll Jordan, roll
I wanter go to heav’n when I die
To hear ol’ Jordan roll

Oh, brothers you oughter been dere
Yes my Lord
A-sittin’ in the Kingdom
To hear ol’ Jordan roll

Sing it over
Oh, sinner you oughter been dere
Yes my Lord
A-sittin’ in the Kingdom
To hear ol’ Jordan roll

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