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Gates, James M. (? Feb. 1884–18 Aug. 1945), preacher and recording artist, was born in the rural black belt community of Hogansville, Georgia. The names of his parents are not known. Around 1913, following the death of their daughter Zadie, Gates and his wife Nellie (marriage date unknown) left sharecropping and joined the masses of black Americans who left rural America in search of the promises of urbanization. They moved to Atlanta and joined the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the city’s Rockdale Park neighborhood, a migrant church founded in ...