National Geographic : 1990 Aug
"The entire congregation stood as these singers slowly made their way to the front. In each face was a show of respectfor two women who, as very young girls, gave their lives to the Lord." "When I was saved, I told the Lord that I'd travel the high ways and byways for him, singing wherever folks needed me," testifies Sister Janie Green (above, at left). "I've been singing since I was three years old, and I'm 71 now. And you know I ain't about to stop!" Appearing as the Philadelphia Gospel Singers, Sister Green and Sister Mary McNair are among hundreds of groups that have earned Philadelphia the title Gospel Capital of the World. Gathering around a feast of roast turkey with all the trimmings -including corn pudding, an old family recipe-the children and grandchildren of Barbara and Sinclair Whiteman enjoy a bit of good-natured bantering at their Sunday dinner table.