Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: 'Shape-Note_Singing'


76. Shape-Note Singing



Shape-Note or Sacred Harp singing is a strong a capella musical tradition in Alabama. Singers use hymn books with distinctly shaped note heads to aid in sight reading of the songs. Shape-note singing is practiced throughout the state by both white and black singers, though the tradition is particularly strong in the Sand Mountain area.