Today’s postlude, “I Am Bound for the Promised Land,” represents the talents of two women: Matilda Durham and Anna Laura Page.
Ms. Durham (1815-1901) composed the tune on which the postlude is based. Born in South Carolina and later living in Georgia, she is described as a “colorful personality” who taught singing and wrote Baptist religious tracts. The tune first appeared in Southern Harmony (shown at left), one of the most popular early hymnals used in the American south. It was first published in 1835.