SOUTHERN HERITAGE. Negro Spirituals are big part of this heritage. The song that comes to mind was “Steal Away To Jesus”, that was usually sung at black funerals, particularly in the segregated south – dating back to times of slavery. Sometimes it’s sung while the pallbearers carried the casket to the burial.
This Negro spiritual – was authored by slave Wallace Willis from Oklahoma Territory (who was probably in Mississippi at the time) prior to Civil War.
Here’s what the song sounds like – sung by 2 southerners —> Mahalia Jackson & Nat King Cole. Jackson is from Louisiana. Cole is from Alabama.