Funeral, Antebellum U.S. South, 19th cent.

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Image Reference

Hamilton Pierson, In the Brush; or, Old-time social, political, and religious life in the Southwest (New York, 1881), facing p. 284. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "an old-time midnight slave funeral," casket being carried to gravesite; scene lit by torches. "In those portions of the South where the plantations were largest, and the slaves most numerous, they were very fond of burying their dead at night, and as near midnight as possible" (Pierson,p. 284).