Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 17
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They played ball, ate ice dream and hunted and fished and did
whatever anyone wanted to do. It was a day away from those plow
handles. There would be a public speaker to come down. The
wives would arrange a platform on the outside. Someone would
play the piano. When the 19th of June ended, the next day would
be a return to work. But this day was a day of feasting. The
men would take the pews out of the church and the women would
prepare the food."
This same kind of feasting also went on at churches on " Big
The term " Big Day" got its origin from the Bible. Shady
Grove stil! has Big Day once a year; the first Sunday in August.
Not all churches celebrate it at this time, and they sometimes
call the day " homecoming or revival time."
Church members (left to right), Mary Jane Bryant,
Mr. J.B. Harris, Bellzora Ross, and Mrs. Sallie B. Calloway
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Panola College. Dept. of Communications. Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976, periodical, 1976; Carthage, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth151414/m1/19/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Panola College.