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The tenth annual Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, Gospel Traditions from Maryland and Virginia, honored Roland Freeman, a longtime collaborator of Ralph and the Festival. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Freeman began his career as a freelance photographer in the 1960s, photographing the Civil Rights Movement. He was a research associate for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since 1972. A major emphasis of his work was a study of Black culture that uses the camera as a tool to research, document, and interpret the continuity of traditional African-American folklife practices. He was the founder and president of The Group for Cultural Documentation in Washington, D.C. The Rinzler Concert featured sacred music traditions: The Christianaires (Baltimore, Maryland), Gospel Supreme (Baltimore, Maryland), The Paschall Brothers (Norfolk, Virginia) and The Zionaires (Princess Anne, Maryland).

Other special evening events featured participants from the Haitian and Latino programs and the resulting documentation is found with the respective program.

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