Share “Ex-slave’s enduring song ‘Swin Low,...”

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
Advertisement
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...

Oklahoman subscribers have access to this article. Unlock it below.

What is this? Learn more.
NewsOK.com has disabled the comments for this article.

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.

Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    KOCO: Police say man robs gas station with box cutter
  2. 2
    News 9: Violent School Threat Lands Oklahoma Teen In Jail
  3. 3
    KOCO: Midwest City animal shelter full; dogs could be euthanized
  4. 4
    News 9: Oklahoma County Jail Nurse Arrested In Connection With Drug Crimes
  5. 5
    Tragedy strikes again in Australia: 8 children found dead in home
+ show more