Church

New Orleans was founded by Catholics but has a long tradition of black Protestantism that dates back to Emancipation, when tens of thousands of freed slaves and their offspring moved off of rural plantations and into the urban center of New Orleans. The famed Jazz Funeral tradition begins with the brass band playing slow sacred dirges followed by up-tempo hymns. And there is a long tradition of black gospel coming out of the city’s numerous Baptist, Sanctified, Cogic and other churches. Mahalia Jackson was born and raised in Uptown New Orleans and became the most prominent gospel singer starting in the 1940s after moving to Chicago. In the late twentieth century, Bishop Paul S. Morton performed and recorded extensively with the Greater St. Stephens Baptist Church and Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship choirs