Father of GospelThomas Andrew Dorsey, composer of over 400 blues and gospel songs, lived here following his birth in Villa Rica on July 1, 1899. At Mt. Prospect Baptist Church he was exposed to shape-note singing and at home learned to play a used pump organ, experiences he said "sprang" his career. The young blues pianist moved to Chicago in 1919 in the Great Migration.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Department of Natural Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 4:43am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 692130 N 3734422|
|Decimal Degrees||33.73245000, -84.92615000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 43.947', W 84° 55.569'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 43' 56.82" N, 84° 55' 34.14" W|
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|Area Code(s)||770, 678|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 404 US-78, Villa Rica GA 30180, US|
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