" Keeping Southern Gospel Alive "

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W.F. (Uncle Fleet) Sessoms

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The first sing was held in 1915 in the Baptist Church in Clinton, NC. The originator
of this sing was the late W.F. Sessoms. Mr. Sessoms issued invitations to several choirs which accepted,and thus the first sing took place.The next year an invitation from the Methodist Church in Clinton was accepted.By this time, the interest was so great,the
church
could not accomodate the crowds. By the third year on April 17th, the sing was moved to the Sampson County Court House. It was then known as the Sampson County Court House Sing, until the death of Mr. Sessoms on April 20th,1950.

The court house was the meeting place of the sing, except for one year, which was 1940. It was moved to the community building due to renovations of the courthouse that year. On his death bed, Mr. Sessoms had requested the sing be continued through the years. Thus,it was agreed to do so and a president,vice president,secretary treasurer,and ten directors were appointed.

On the 8th day of February 1960, the "The W.F.Sessoms Memorial Sing" was incorporated in honor of Mr. Sessoms. Many people new it as
 "The Fleet Sessoms Sing"
By the late 1960's the sing had outgrown the courthouse and was moved to a much larger building,the Fellowship Tabernacle in Roseboro, NC. It continued to meet at this location until 1967 and 1968, when it was held at the Roseboro-Salemburg gymnasium. In 1969, it was moved back to the Sampson County Courthouse.

The 53rd annual sing was held at the Clinton High School Auditorium. It continued to meet at this location until 1974. Due to hot weather and lack of air conditioning in the auditorium, the sing moved to the new North Carolina Justice Academy Campus
(The Old Pineland College/Then Southwood College Campus). The sing was very successful with outdoor singing and large crowds attending; however, due to hot weather  and severe thunder storms that seem to occur each year, the sing was later moved to the auditorium on the campus where it remained until 2002. After the 85th annual sing, the board of directors met and voted to move the sing back to it's hometown of Clinton, NC, this being more centrally located. It was to be held at the Clinton Sampson Agri-Civic Center on 414 Warsaw Road. The facility would be larger, the groups would have a place to set up a display of their recordings inside the foyer,and there would be access to a kitchen facility for the availability of light food and refreshments.The civic center would also have a better parking facility, with handicap accessability.It was also voted on and agreed to change from a two day event to a one day event with the sing being held on the 4th Saturday in September each year.

From the first sing in 1915 known as the Sampson County Courthouse Sing,to
the W.F.Sessoms Memorial Sing Inc.or as many called it the Fleet Sessoms sing,
to The Sampson County Gospel Sing Inc. it has been a long journey encompassing
a lot of people and fond memories.

We invite you to come out on the 4th Saturday in September each year and be a part of Gospel Music History. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the singing and great Christian fellowship and remember our goal is to share the gospel with you through southern gospel music.We pray that this sing will continue to be a blessing to everyone,for many years to come. Let's keep Mr. Sessom's dream alive !!  
           
            
 " LET'S KEEP THE SAMPSON COUNTY GOSPEL SING ALIVE "

 
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