Unveiling the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project’s “Wall of Honor”

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 10.47.44 AMAny project as ambitious as our Black Gospel Music Restoration Project cannot happen in a vacuum, nor can it succeed without the willing hands and open hearts of a broad range of supporters, and after almost a decade’s worth of work toward preserving America’s black gospel heritage, we’ve made significant progress thanks to the support of literally dozens of people.

They are collectors, benefactors, private citizens with small collections to loan, major foundations with capital to invest in the equipment, talent and time it takes to advance the BGMRP from semester to semester. And we thought it’s high time they got some recognition on the project’s website. So, we’re happy to unveil the BGMRP Wall of Honor, a virtual listing of the backers big and small who’ve helped make it a success.

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Click on the image to view the entire Wall of Honor!

Each supporter’s name is placed on a label from a 45 rpm disk from the collection and the whole wall is organized alphabetically. The label associated with each supporter is randomly assigned, hence the quilt-like appearance to the entire Wall.

While it’s only a small token of our appreciation to these fine folks, we hope it helps drive home the importance of community support for projects like the BGMRP. And if you’d like to see your name on the wall – after you’ve loaned/donated materials or supported the project financially – we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to show your support.

We hope to see the Wall continue to grow as the project continues to flourish, and with each news story, interview, public presentation or one-on-one conversation we have about the BGMRP, we’re seeing its importance and influence spread across the country. And the nice thing about a “virtual” donor wall vs. a physical wall? There’s literally no end to space we can use to feature anyone who shows their support!

The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is an attempt to catalog, digitize, preserve and promote America’s black gospel music heritage, with a focus on the “Golden Age” of 1945-1975. Learn more about the project, including how you can support our goals, by visiting the project website.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Christine says:

    Wow, how cool!
    When I click on the link, it goes to a page to “Loan or Donate Materials”; do you have a link for making monetary donations?
    Use this link?
    https://www.baylor.edu/give/index.php?id=49837&a=3&f=0447500
    Also, is there is certain amount to donate in order to get your name on the wall?
    Thanks!

    1. Eric Ames says:

      Christine – Thanks for the kind words! The link you referenced above – that ends in 0447500 – is indeed the link to follow for making a monetary donation to the project. And a gift of any size is enough to get you on the wall. We didn’t want to set a threshold for giving, as all gifts are a big help. Thank you for considering supporting the BGMRP, and for commenting on this post!

  2. Christine says:

    Ok, I’ll get my donation in right now…my last name starts with “Lof”, so I’ll have the honor of my name next to Bob Marovich on the wall if I hurry up! :)

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