Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: Kim Hoppe
410-516-4934 (phone)/410-283-1118 (pager)
December 21, 2005
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 bring musical comfort and cheer to patients and visitors. The choir, with some members in wheelchairs, along with children and grandchildren of original choristers, will sing under the direction of Pastor Rhonda Coleman. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and then continue as the choir tours the hospital. Visitors are invited to join in the procession, which often includes off-duty physicians, nurses and staff.
The annual Christmas Eve 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 in the Broadway lobby under the dome. Seventy-nine years later, the tradition continues.
To cover this event, contact Kim Hoppe at 410-516-4934 or 410-283-1118.