The glorious history of Southern Gospel Music comes alive in the James D.
Vaughan Museum in historic Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The museum honors the
"Father of Southern Gospel Music, James D. Vaughan, who sponsored the first professional southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel magazine, recorded the first southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel music radio station and taught the South how to sing with the renowned Vaughan School of Music.
The United States Congress has declared and recognized Lawrenceburg, Tennessee as the
Birthplace of Southern Gospel Music.
James D. Vaughan published millions of shape note songbooks from this building on the Lawrenceburg Square. The Vaughan music enterprise included music publishing, song writing, radio and the famous Vaughan School of Music, all headquartered on the public square in historic downtown Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.