John Vachon/Library of Congress. (May 1938)
The FSA photographers went to great lengths to depict the folklife and traditions of the people they encountered throughout rural America. Music has always been an important part of life in Irwin County; the Royal Singing Convention in Mystic attracted thousands of fans of sacred harp and gospel music for decades. (In this image, Eloise Beatty, who married Lacy Brazil the same year this was made is picking her guitar while her brother T. D. sings).