Vera Ward Hall Inducted Into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame

Vera Hall was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame on March 3, 2005. Gabriel Greenberg gave the induction speech. Beginning in the early 1940s, Vera Hall was recorded extensively by John A. Lomax and later by Alan Lomax, whose book, The Rainbow Sign, was based on Hall’s life. Alan and Elizabeth Lomax counted Hall as an admired friend. Though her inheritance has fallen into alien hands, the world is the fortunate beneficiary of the extraordinary artistic legacy of Vera Hall. “The sound comes from deep within her when she sings,” wrote Alan Lomax, “from a source of gold and light, otherwise hidden, and falls directly upon your ear like sunlight.”

Originally posted: March 3, 2005