HOUSTON – The Pilgrim Jubilees have a long history in gospel music and are bringing it home to Houston for their 25th anniversary and homecoming celebration June 1.
The Jubes were originally formed in the 1940s in the Mississippi Delta and evolved incorporating members Major Roberson and Percy Clark of Mississippi and heading to Chicago from where they have earned the most of their performing fame.
However, roots run deep and the Jubes make periodic trips to Chickasaw County and section of Hwy. 389 was dedicated to the group in 2009.
Their next performance in Houston will be June 1 at Alpha and Omega Ministries on North Jackson Street between BancorpSouth and Regions Bank.
Tickets are $13 at the door for adults and $5 for ages 6-12.
Sarah Alfred, publicist for the group, offered thanks to the community for their support of the singing group.
“Looking back the first homecoming was something very special and exciting to us, because this was our home,” Alfred said. “It was a privilege for us to return to our home church, New Zion Baptist Church, after 50-plus years to perform. Our greatest honor was when the Mayor and City Council dedicated and named a street for us. We have also been honored by the Blues Trail Marker committee with a marker.”
Alfred said the Pilgrim Jubilees will have memorbilia placed in the Chickasaw Historical Museum in Houston.
She also offered thanks from the group members to Joanne Reel, Robin Mathis of WCPC and the Houston city government for their continued support of the group.
“The legacy we will leave in Houston, with all the accomplishments and strides is worth it all,” Alfred said.
The group will perform in tribute to their late former band members, Ben Chandler and Major Roberson, and will be joined by local and regtional groups including the Aires of Joy of Prairie, the Spiritual Harmoneers and Holy Aires of Houston, The Reel Brotehrs of West Memphis, Ark., the Original Gospel Tones of Starkville and more.
The public is invited to attend.