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Gone to the Grave – Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950 - University Press of Mississippi
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Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950

Abby Burnett


The complicated process of preparing the dead for burial is now the province of funeral industry professionals, but this is a recent development. Until the end of World War II, especially in rural parts of the South and documented here across the Arkansas Ozarks, members of the deceased’s community performed all of the jobs required for a burial. This was done to relieve the family but, in many places, taboos forbid their participation. This book documents death, burial and mourning customs in the Arkansas Ozarks for 1850 to 1950. It examines the traditions that governed sitting up with the si ... More

Keywords: Arkansas Ozarks, Burial customs, Funeral industry, African Americans, Taboos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461114
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abby Burnett, author