Hymn #394: In Christ There Is No East or West
Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) adapted this tune from a spiritual, “I Know the Angel’s Done Changed My Name,” for use with Oxenham’s text. It is named MCKEE for the minister of St. George’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City. Burleigh, grandson of a Maryland slave, was baritone soloist at this church for fifty-two years.
Harry T. Burleigh was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and began his musical career as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral there. He rose to be one of the greatest singers of his day, accompanying Booker T. Washington on his fund-raising trips and singing for King Edward VII. Burleigh was the composer of songs and anthems, including “Deep River,” and a founder of ASCAP.