|Posted by donnellsonpresbyterian on August 31, 2015 at 10:35 PM|
Fanny Crosby, American hymn writer and poetess, wrote over 8000 hymns during her life (1820 - 1915). Blind from shortly after birth, she grew up in upstate New York, attended New York City Institution For The Blind in NYC, taught other blind students and met her husband (a fellow teacher) at the school. She wrote many of her hymns and gospel songs with her paster, Robert Lowry of the Sixth Avenue Bible Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. In her own time she became known as the "mother of modern congregational singing" and published two best-selling autobiographies. At the Donnellson Presbyterian Harvest Home service August 10, 2014, the fascinating Fanny was presented by local historical impersonator, Barbara Kay, a modern day schoolteacher herself.