Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story is Saturday in Wilmington

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The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will present “The Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St. in downtown Wilmington.

The program will feature the Rev. Richard Robinson of Central Baptist Church, soloist, with narration by Louise Harrison.

They will take the audience on a journey of song and story as they focus on the “father of gospel music.”

Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born July 1, 1899, in Villa Rica, Georgia. His best known composition is “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

He is renowned for his innovative style of gospel that combined Christian praise with jazz and blues.

Thomas A. Dorsey is also often confused with another professional composer with an almost identical name — jazz trombonist and bandleader Tommy Dorsey —though the two were not related.

Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $5, and refreshments are included.

For more information and reservations, call (910) 762-0492 to register.