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Grave of William Walker / Magnolia Cemetery

 
 
Grave of William Walker / Magnolia Cemetery Marker - Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
1. Grave of William Walker / Magnolia Cemetery Marker - Front
Inscription.
Grave of William Walker
William "Singin' Billy" Walker (1809-1875) was the author of Southern Harmony, a collection of religious music employing shaped musical notes to aid those who could not read standard musical notation. He later published the more elaborate Christian Harmony and taught "singing schools" throughout the middle, southern and western states. He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery.

Magnolia Cemetery
In 1838, Jesse Cleveland deeded 2 1/2 acres of this land, including the village cemetery, to the town of Spartanburg for a graveyard. It was enlarged in 1868 by the purchase of 1 1/8 acres from Robert E. Cleveland. The earliest legible inscription is found on the marker to Robert Walker, who died in 1810. Many of Spartanburg's early civil, educational, and political leaders are buried here.
 
Erected 1976 by Spartanburg Garden Club Council. (Marker Number 42-7.)
 
Location. 34° 57.302′ N, 81° 56.264′ W. Marker is in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in Spartanburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Street and Magnolia Street, on the right when traveling west on Howard Street. Touch for map. Take a visit on a Saturday
Grave of William Walker / Magnolia Cemetery Marker - Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
2. Grave of William Walker / Magnolia Cemetery Marker - Reverse
morning and stop by a farmer's market within walking distance, just south on Magnolia. Marker is in this post office area: Spartanburg SC 29303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wofford College (approx. ¼ mile away); Central Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Evins-Bivings House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spartanburg Methodist College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Daniel Morgan Monument (approx. half a mile away); Arthur Prysock / Ira Tucker (approx. half a mile away); Spartanburg Town Clock (approx. half a mile away); 156 West Main Street (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spartanburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Southern Harmony. The Southern Harmony is a shape note hymn and tune book compiled by William Walker. (Submitted on September 17, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. William Walker. William Walker (May 6, 1809 – September 24, 1875) was a Baptist song leader, shape note "singing master", and compiler of three shape note tunebooks. (Submitted on September 17, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Annual 'Singin’ Billy’ Walker Shape-Note Singing
Magnolia Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
3. Magnolia Cemetery Entrance
Left Column:
Restoration
Magnolia Cemetery
Bicentennial Project
of the
Spartanburg Garden Club Council
July 4, 1976


Right Column:
Gates and Archway
donated by
Leadership Spartanburg
Class of 1998

Cit of Spartanburg
and
South Carolina Department of Transportation
Urban Youth Corps
2000 Beautification Project

Each March, a festival is held on the campus of Wofford College to honor the work and legacy of 'Singin' Billy' Walker. Shapenote singers from the Southeast attend for the day-long event. The event is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary to participate. The event ends with a prayer service at Walker's grave site.
    — Submitted September 17, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Magnolia Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
4. Magnolia Cemetery
Grave of William Walker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
5. Grave of William Walker
Grave of William Walker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 2, 2008
6. Grave of William Walker
Top Marker:
In Memory of
Wm. Walker, A.S.H.
Died September 24th 1875,
in the 64th year of his
age. He was a devoted
Husband & kind Father,
a consistent Baptist 47
years. Taught music 45 yrs.
The author of 4 Books of
sacred music. He rests from
his labors. He died in
the triumphs of faith.
------
Sing praises unto the
Lord


Bottom Marker:
To the Memory of
William Walker, A.S.H.
Singin' Billy
Pioneer in Southern Christian Harmony
1809-1875

This marker placed by the South Carolina Branch
of the National Federation of Music Clubs
Plot restored by the Woman's Music Club
of Spartanburg, S.C.
March 16, 1939
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,860 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 2, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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