Born: August 19, 1856, South Hill, New York.
Died: December 21, 1938, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
James was the husband of Lucy Love Levan.
He started his musical career with John Howard of New York and Daniel Towner of the Moody Bible Institute.
He moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, around 1881. He was an active member of the Pine Street Methodist Episcopal Church from 1904 until his death, serving as a song leader and Sunday school teacher.
Black also found time to edit a dozen Gospel song books, write almost 1,500 songs, and serve on the commission for the 1905 Methodist hymnal.
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