The long history of LA's vibrant gospel scene

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LA has been an epicenter of gospel since the establishment of First A.M.E. church by a former slave in 1872, through the Golden Age of Gospel, to today. Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” was recorded at a Baptist Church in South LA, and is the best-selling gospel album of all time. A new exhibition at the California African American Museum charts LA’s rich gospel history. It’s called “How Sweet the Sound.”


Victory Baptist Choir. 


Clara Ward singers.



Photos of "How Sweet the Sound" exhibition. 
Images courtesy of CAAM. 

Credits

Guest:
Tyree Boyd-Pates - California African American Museum

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or