Ex-slave’s enduring song ‘Swin Low, Sweet Chariot’ may win honor

Senate Bill 73 says “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was written and composed by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory before 1862.

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Published: December 25, 2010
A Tulsa lawmaker wants to make “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” the state’s official gospel song.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, said some board members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame made the suggestion.

“I decided that is...

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AT A GLANCE
STATE EMBLEMS

→Flower: Oklahoma rose.

→Tree: Redbud.

→Floral emblem: Mistletoe.

→Rock: Rose rock.

→Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher.

→Insect: Honeybee.

→Fish: White or sand bass.

→Animal (mammal): American buffalo

→Amphibian: Bullfrog.

→Reptile: Collared lizard or mountain boomer

→Beverage: Milk.

→Vegetable: Watermelon.

→Fruit: Strawberry.

→Musical instrument: Fiddle.

→Song/anthem: “Oklahoma!”

→Folk song: “Oklahoma Hills” by Woody and Jack Guthrie.

→Rock song: “Do You Realize??” by the Flaming Lips.

→Waltz: “Oklahoma Wind.”

→Country and western song: “Faded Love” by John Wills and Bob Wills.

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