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School of Medicine
TO: Producers, editors and reporters
FROM: Amy Mone Heaps
410-614-2915 or 410-274-3050
DATE: December 24, 2003
SUBJECT: Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Hopkins Dome, Billings Administration Building
In one of Baltimore’s oldest holiday traditions, the memorial Baptist Church choir will gather under the Johns Hopkins dome on Christmas Eve to continue its long-term legacy of bringing comfort and cheer to the patients of The Johns Hopkins Hospital with their beautiful music. The choir, under Pastor Calvin Keene, will gather under the Dome at 7 p.m. and then bring its cheer throughout The Hospital with visitors invited to join in the procession.
The annual concert originated in 1926 as a gift from a grateful mother whose badly burned son was treated at Hopkins. Eighteen year-old Abraham Lincoln Johnson’s treatment took many months, but he survived. To show her thanks, his mother persuaded her church choir to sing Christmas carols at the feet of the Christ statue. Seventy-seven years later, the tradition continues.
Reporters wishing to cover this event should contact Amy Mone Heaps at 410-274-3050.
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