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Mahalia Jackson Singing in 1957
Mahalia Jackson at the May 17, 1957, Prayer Pilgrimage of Freedom in Washington, D.C.

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Gospel Singer, Mahalia Jackson Was Born
October 26, 1911

Mahalia Jackson spent a lifetime singing the sacred songs that she loved. "The Queen of Gospel Song" was born on October 26, 1911, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jackson grew up singing gospel at the Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, where her father was a preacher. At 16, she moved to Chicago, as many African Americans did around that time, and supported herself doing housekeeping and odd jobs. But she never stopped singing.
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