Edmond Gerald was born and resided in Washington, D.C. In 1969, Gerald and music director Hilton Felton started "Ed Gerald Gospel Sounds," a youth singing group. For more than 23 years, Gerald produced "Spread a Little Sunshine," a Metropolitan DC Gospel Television Show which aired on WTOP and WUSA. He also recorded and produced gospel music for his company, Paradise Productions.
The Greene Sisters of Baltimore began performing professionally in 1960. The original members included sisters: Edna (later Rev. Edna Isaac) as the lead singer and Joyce (later Joyce Sanders). Other members included their sister Maxine (later Maxine Webb) as well as Alfreda Williams, Isadore Ellis, and Helen Ferguson. The Greene Sisters performed throughout the United States and contributed greatly to gospel music.
Frederick Douglass Memorial Home was built between 1855 and 1859 for John Welsh Van Hook, an architect from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Uniontown (also known as Anacostia). In 1877, Frederick Douglass purchased the home and 9 3/4 acres of land, which he named Cedar Hill. Over several years, Douglass purchased additional land and converted the home into a 21 room mansion. In 1900, Douglass' second wife, Helen Pitts Douglass, urged U.S. Congress to charter the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association, which received the property in 1903 upon Helen's death. On September 5, 1962, the Frederick Douglass estate became a part of the National Park Service. Groundbreaking ceremonies for a visitor center were held in September 1980. The visitor center opened to the public in February 1982. Douglass' home and estate became a National Historic Site in 1988 and underwent several restorations between 1922 and 2007.
Outdoor concert at the Frederick Douglass House in Fall 1972. Performances by New Breed Band, Ed Gerald Gospel Sounds, and Greene Sisters. Edmond Gerald introduces groups.
Unedited footage (b-roll) of outdoor musical concert performances and audience. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings Record Group. Video and sound distortions throughout recording including static at the beginning. Undated.
Douglass Home Fall '72 Rock and Gospel Concert, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American musicians
African American singers
Rhythm and blues music
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