Ex-slaveâ€™s enduring song â€˜Swin Low, Sweet Chariotâ€™ may win honor
Senate Bill 73 says â€œSwing Low, Sweet Chariotâ€ 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 â€œSwing Low, Sweet Chariotâ€ the stateâ€™s official gospel song.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, said some board members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame made the suggestion.
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â†’Floral emblem: Mistletoe.
â†’Rock: Rose rock.
â†’Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher.
â†’Fish: White or sand bass.
â†’Animal (mammal): American buffalo
â†’Reptile: Collared lizard or mountain boomer
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