The Advocate: Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it

The Advocate: Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it. “The [Janie Bell] Williams pamphlet is one of 300 included in a new archive at Southeastern University and recreated online on [Dr. Antoinette] Harrell’s website. The archive holds funeral programs amassed over generations by a single funeral home built to serve Black residents of this rural part of the Florida Parishes east of Baton Rouge. It’s a continuation of Harrell’s years-long mission to assemble historical records in a pocket of the Deep South rich with Black history, but where racism and segregation left generations with few resources beyond oral storytelling to preserve it.”

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