Collection Number: 20179

Collection Title: Beryl Constance O'Dell and Saint Luke AME Zion Church Choir (Wilmington, N.C.) Recording, 1990

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Abstract The 1990 video tape recording on VHS contains performances of the Saint Luke AME Zion Church choir in Wilmington, N.C., with its director Beryl Constance O'Dell. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator O'Dell, Beryl Constance.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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[Identification of item], in the Beryl Constance O'Dell and Saint Luke AME Zion Church Choir (Wilmington, N.C.) Recording #20179, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Beryl Constance O'Dell (d. 2015) served as music director for the all-black Williston Senior High School in Wilmington, N.C., for two decades. She directed its acclaimed touring Glee Club and Concert Choir from 1949 until 1968, when Williston closed following the desegregation of Wilmington schools. In 1984, the Williston Alumni Choral Ensemble formed with O'Dell as the conductor. This group also toured and in 1994 performed at the White House. She was also the director of the Saint Luke AME Zion Church choir.

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The 1990 video tape recording on VHS contains performances of the Saint Luke AME Zion Church choir in Wilmington, N.C., with its director Beryl Constance O'Dell.

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Encoded by: Laura Smith, January 2019

Updated by: Anne Wells and Emma Evans, June 2019

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