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Shine on, eternal light : hymn


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Born in Barbados, Arnold Josiah Ford was one of the first black rabbis in the United States and an early leader of black Judaism in America. He was also the founder of the Beth B'nai Abraham Congregation at 29 West 131st Street in Harlem, New York City.

Ford was a musical director of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and he wrote many of the pieces in The Universal Ethiopian Hymnal .

"Arnold Josiah Ford."Religious Leaders of America, 2nd ed. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. (accessed November 2009). "Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association." (accessed November 2009).

This original mimeographed quarto sheet of music is a hymn by Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford, "Shine On, Eternal Light," circa 1925-1930. This hymn was written specifically for the Universal Negro Improvement Association and frequently was sung at UNIA meetings.

Box 59, F0853: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 2004.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, November 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2009 November 23
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Shine On, Eternal Light : hymn, circa 1925-1930.
Box 59 Folder F0853

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