Statement On Death Of Delois Barrett Campbell of The Barrett Sisters, Gospel Legend from The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Muesum

The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum Pays Tribute To The Life and Legacy of the legendary Delois Barrett Campbell of The Barrett Sisters

Mark S. Allen, Board Member

“On behalf of the Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble, founder and curator of The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum, we extend our sympathies to the family and fans of Delois Barrett Campbell who we got word died this morning at the age of 85. Delois Barrett Campbell and The Barrett sisters were living legends from the Chicago community and legacy of Gospel music.

Delois Barrett Campbell and The Barrett sisters were students of the father of Gospel Music Thomas Dorsey as he founded Gospel music from the southside of Chicago at the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church. And Delores at a young age in high school was a part of the historic Roberta Martin singers, and from there The Barrett sisters were born and since the 1960’s to today have been ongoing staples in the legacy of Gospel music.

Delois Barrett and her sisters came into our homes on a regular basis as some of the featured artists on this historic Gospel TV show “Jubilee Showcase” on Chicago’s ABC Television station, and their music and performances were featured throughout the civil rights movement, led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and they followed that modern day legacy by always being active supporters of the civil rights leadership of Rev. Jesse Jackson, through Operation Breadbasket, PUSH, Rainbow PUSH and his historic Presidential Campaigns, and of course their gospel recordings have touched millions in Chicago and across the world.

No matter how much noteriety Delois Barrett Campbell received around the world, she and the sisters were always deeply rooted in Chicago always lending their voices to many causes. Our founder and Curator of The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble, a legendary musician and artist in his own right, was also one of those who grew up with Delois and performed with other greats like Mahaila Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland, and another we recently lost the great Albertina Walker.

The Chicago Music Heritage Museum praises the life, music, and legacy of Delois Barrett Campbell and will work to ensure that we help preserve her legacy as an example of so many future generations of gospel musicians, artists, and fans of the traditional legends of Gospel music headquarted right here in Chicago.”

Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble, Founder/Curator, Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum 773-901-7022
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