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Lucy Heidorn

County Line Church

Lucy Heidorn is a retired English teacher and a life-long Sacred Harp singer. Born in 1936, Heidorn grew up in Sayre, a small mining community in Jefferson County, Alabama. As a child, she attended weekly singings with her family. Singing runs deep in her family heritage. Heidorn remembers leading her first Sacred Harp song at the age of three. Every Saturday her family worked together to prepare dishes they would bring to the singing. Sundays were spent at all-day singings and dinner on the ground, often at their local church in Jefferson County.

After attending college in Florence, Alabama, Heidorn and her husband settled in the Muscle Shoals area where they both worked in the public school system. Heidorn still attends the annual Reid Memorial Singing, named in honor of her family, at County Line Church in Corner, Alabama.

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Michelle Little

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