1856–1938

Introduction

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Born: Au­gust 19, 1856, South Hill, New York.

Died: De­cem­ber 21, 1938, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Wild­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Pseudonyms

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Biography

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.

Publications

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Lyrics

Music

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