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James D. Vaughan Southern Gospel Music Museum

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The James D. Vaughan Museum on the Lawrenceburg, TN Square honors the songwriter, teacher, publisher, promoter, and entrepreneur who Congress has declared the Father of Southern Gospel Music.

The James D. Vaughan Publishing Company produced millions of songbooks using the shape-note system, designed to help teach songs to groups of people. Vaughan eventually had 20 professional quartets on the road performing, teaching, and selling songbooks.

The Vaughan School of Music was an annual event that became a full-time venture attracting students from across the country. The Vaughan Phonograph Company was the first of its kind in Tennessee and so was Vaughan’s radio station, WOAN, which broadcast from his Lawrenceburg studio to 35 states and parts of Canada.

Early printing tools and broadcast equipment, songbooks, scores of photographs, musical instruments and other memorabilia from this early music mogul are on display at the museum. Short videos offer more about the history of Southern Gospel and those who brought it to national prominence.

You can witness performances from Southern Gospel quartets including chart-topping newcomers from the stage of the Historic Crockett Theater at the James D. Vaughn Gospel Quartet Festival in July each year.

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James D. Vaughan Southern Gospel Music Museum
Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
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For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact James D. Vaughan Southern Gospel Music Museum directly.

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