Spirituals are a genre of songs created by African Americans and originating in the United States. An oral tradition created to pass on Christian values, a spiritual describes the hardships of slavery.

Photo: Marian Anderson mural dedicated; Marian Anderson, noted contralto, sings a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural commemorating her free public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939. The dedication was held in the Department of Interior Auditorium before a distinguished audience on January 6, 1943; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division digital ID fsa 8b07839 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b07839

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