Service in the African-American Community: #2 of 3, African American Funeral Directors
Many African Americans in Cincinnati have answered the call to serve and to improve the conditions of the community. This February the Main Library will host a series of programs that spotlight people who used their talent and skills to help others in need. No registration required.
African American Funeral Directors
For much of American history, funeral parlors run by white funeral directors did not usually welcome business from African Americans, thereby creating a segregated market. Independent black-owned funeral homes became staples of black neighborhoods. Members of the black community knew they could count on these funeral directors to honor and preserve their burial traditions. Most importantly, the deceased were given a respect that was not always rendered to them in life. Join Joyce Coleman and Thomas Jordan of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley for a talk on some of these funeral directors in the Cincinnati area and their role in the community.