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Clarence Jones & Heritage (2022)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2022-09-23

Duration: 00:27:26

Subjects: Religion | African American churches | Music | Slavery | Spirituals (Songs)


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Jones, Clarence Interviewee
  • Heritage Performer


This episode of the series “Art Rocks!” from September 23, 2022, features Dorothy Kendrick’s profile of the world-renowned Heritage, a Baton Rouge-based choral ensemble aimed at preserving and performing spirituals. She interviews Clarence Jones, the founder and director, who discusses: the history of spirituals, the songs created by slaves; the importance of music in the African American church; and the history of the choir. This episode also includes highlights of Heritage performing several spirituals, including: “The Battle of Jericho,” “Poor Man Lazarus,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit I Will Pray,” “Walk Together Children,” “Shine on Me,” “Better Be Ready,” and “I’ve Been Buked and I’ve Been Scorned.” Host: James Fox-Smith