Robert Ralph Middleton, Unkown Date 2009


Robert Ralph Middleton, Unkown Date 2009


Crawford, Eric (Interviewer)





Media is loading


Interview with Ralph Middleton, a native of Saint Helena Island and continued worshiper at Coffin Point Prays House. Middleton was born in 1926, but left the island for Washington, DC, for a career as a social worker, before returning to the island after he retired. The interview sounds as if it is in a car as Middleton takes Eric Crawford around the island, particularly in the Coffin Point Community. The tour ends at the Coffin Point Prays House. A woman joins them at the prays house, and they sing "Amazing Grace," "A Hole in the Wall," and a few songs that can't be deciphered because of noise interference from the tape. The last ten minutes of the tape are obfuscated by white noise from the recording.


Spirituals (Songs)--Sea Islands;Hymns--South Carolina--Saint Helena Island;Sacred vocal music--Sea Islands;Gullahs--South Carolina--Saint Helena Island--Religion;Gullahs--South Carolina--Saint Helena Island--Interviews;Sea Islands--Religious life and customs;Saint Helena Island (S.C.)--Religious life and customs;Field recordings--South Carolina;Sermons;Prayers;Middleton, Robert Ralph, 1920-2020;Saint Helena Island (S.C.);Coffin Point Community Praise House (Saint Helena Island, S.C.)


This interview is protected by the copyright of the interviewee and The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University. Any form of alteration, reproduction or commercial use of the interviews or other material is prohibited without the written consent of both the interviewee and a representative of The Athenaeum Press. Citations for scholarly purposes must clearly acknowledge the name of the interviewee, the date and The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University.



Robert Ralph Middleton, Unkown Date 2009