The Versiteers

The Versiteers


The Versiteers are a female a cappella gospel group from Jacksonville founded in the 1940s. Although several founding members of the group either left in the early years or are now deceased, Harry Mae Anthony, Myrtle Barton, and L. V. Starling sang together for more than four decades. The fourth member changed more frequently, but included Artie Brooks and Linda Carter. The Versiteers performed their repertoire of spirituals, jubilee songs, and gospel at churches, folk and arts festivals, and in schools. They appeared at the annual Florida Folk Festival and participated regularly in Duval County’s Folklife in Education Program. The Versiteers received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1992.

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