Friday, June 30, 2017

death & burial in the antebellum South

 Postmortem photography was a thriving business in the 19th Century

Times have changed. Doctors no longer bleed us with leeches nor prescribe poisonous “blue pills.” We don’t drape crape over the mirror when somebody dies. We don’t sit up all night in the living room with the body. We aren't confined to solitude for months following a death.

I’ll talk about “Death and Burial in the Antebellum South” at the Pelion Branch Library. I hope to see you there. Here’s the time and place
  • Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 AM
  • Pelion Library, 206 Pine Street, Pelion, SC
  • Free and open to the public
 This is a postmortem photo. Can you tell which of the two is deceased?

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