Tracing the history of gospel music in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Just how country music lives in the heart of Nashville, gospel music is part of the very fiber of Chicago. Was gospel music invented here? Historians will tell you no, as its various forms date all the way back to the 1700s. But Chicago did transform gospel, helping propel it across the world and through time. Gospel music is an expression of faith for some, while for others, it’s a blending of cultures. Emerging from the Jim Crow...

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