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To Serve the Living

Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death

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$41.00 • £32.95 • €37.00

ISBN 9780674036215

Publication Date: 02/25/2010


288 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

12 halftones

Belknap Press


  • Abbreviations
  • Prologue: An Undertaker Like Him
  • 1. From Hush Harbors to Funeral Parlors
  • 2. The Colored Embalmer
  • 3. My Man’s an Undertaker
  • 4. A Funeral Hall Is as Good a Place as Any
  • 5. The African American Way of Death
  • Epilogue: She Has Gone Home
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • [Illustrations follow page 78]

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 2011 Literary Award for Nonfiction, Library of Virginia
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