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Harlem Churches See A Boom Of Tourists Seeking Gospel Music, But Congregants Bristle At Rudeness

Harlem Churches See A Boom Of Tourists Seeking Gospel Music, But Congregants Bristle At Rudeness

NEW YORK -- The stern warning issued from the pulpit was directed at the tourists – most of whom had arrived late – a sea of white faces with guidebooks in hand. They outnumbered the congregation itself: a handful of elderly black men and women wearing suits and dresses and old-fashioned pillbox hats.

"We're hoping that you will remain in place during the preaching of the Gospel," a church member said over the microphone at this Harlem church on a recent Sunday morning. "But if you have to go, go now. Go before the preacher stands to preach."

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Harlem Churches See A Boom Of Tourists Seeking Gospel Music, But Congregants Bristle At Rudeness
The Huffington Post News Editors
Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:43:28 GMT

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