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William Herbert Brewster, Sr (1897-1987)

Ayers St., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 9' 38.593692", -90° 1' 39.688068"
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Born on July 2, 1897, in Somerville, Tenn., to sharecropper
parents, The Rev. William H. Brewster was a prolific composer of gospel music,
contributing over 200 works to the repertory. Two of his compositions, Move On
Up a Little Higher (1946) and Surely, God is Able (1949) were the first black
gospel recording to sell over a million copies. An editor, educator, and poet,
he founded the Brewster Theological Clinic, with branches in 25 U.S. cities.
Known as the “father of gospel drama,” he was honored for his music by the
Smithsonian Institution in 1982. A year later, French television produced a
program about his work. For many years, Dr. Brewster's home stood in the

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William Herbert Brewster, Sr (1897-1987) Historical Marker Location Map, Memphis, Tennessee Map