Negro Spirituals are generational created songs purely made by slaves about their experiences of being held in servitude.
Why Were Spirituals Created?
Wade in the Water is a coded message song for runaway slaves to aid them into not getting catch again by slave masters. “Wade in the Water” proposes slaves to get into or walk into the water so that the dogs would lose their scents.
Follow the Drinking Gourd is a map song that gave runaway slaves specific instructions on how to find the man that would “carry them to freedom”. As long as they followed the steps from the song, they would finally make it to freedom.