A state senator from Tulsa has proposed that the Oklahoma Legislature adopt “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” as the state’s official gospel song.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre said some board members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame made the suggestion, and she likes the idea.

McIntyre said she had heard the song all her life but never realized it was written in Oklahoma. The bill she filed to make “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” the official state gospel song says it was written and composed by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory before 1862.

Barbara Hoberock

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