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Walker-Ford Gospel…

SPC choir legacy is part of vastest archives in Alamo College District
Walker-Ford Gospel Singers

Walker-Ford Gospel Singers

A musical element of the St. Philip's College legacy is featured in a July 1 news report. An excerpt of the San Antonio Express-News report Walker-Ford gospel singers performed in the Texas Folklife Festival’s early years details the history of the gospel ensemble with connections to both the festival that observes its 50th anniversary in 2018 and the college with the vastest archives among Alamo Colleges District institutions.

I’m interested in gospel groups that have performed at the Texas Folklife Festival and wanted to touch base with you if you have done any articles about the Walker-Ford gospel singers from St. Philips College in the 1970s. I found very little information on the Internet. Robert L. Mueck, Boerne.

The “Walker” part of the name came from Kathryn Walker-Morgan, “who started the group here at St. Philip’s College in the 1960s as our college choir,” said Gregory Gonzales, assistant professor of music at St. Philip’s. “She served as chair of fine and performing arts here for a number of years, and our art gallery is now named in her honor.”

Find the story on the Walker-Ford gospel singers at For more information on choir activities at St. Philip's College, contact music faculty member Eric Schmidt at or (210) 486-2326, or contact Fine Arts Department chair Gregory Gonzales at, (210)-486-2325.

About the St. Philip’s College Archives: The St. Philip’s College Archives holds a variety of materials related to the history of the college, from the new-for-2017 collection of Ruth Jones McClendon to the holdings of Saint Artemisia Bowden who led the college for 52 years (1902–1954) to African-American art from the collections of both Lila Cockrell and AT&T. The current archival exhibition at the college’s Center for Learning Resources celebrates the 30th anniversary of the college as a Historically Black College and Universities member institution (1987-present). Direct questions or requests for appointments to view materials to college librarian/archives coordinator Rebecca Barnard at (210) 486-2583 or Free online access to archival The Tiger student newspapers and over 500 photographs from the St. Philip’s College archive is available on the Portal to Texas History web site at

Walker-Ford Gospel SingersSmith, Jim. [Walker-Ford Gospel Singers of San Antonio], photograph, [1975-08-07..1975-08-10]; ( accessed July 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.