Penny Colman


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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypt...

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Rosie the Riveter: Women Wo...

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Girls: A History of Growing...

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Adventurous Women: Eight Tr...

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Thanksgiving: The True Story

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Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, A...

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Where the Action Was: Women...

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A Woman Unafraid: The Achie...

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Breaking the Chains: The Cr...

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“To protest segregated cemeteries in the United States, Thaddeus Stevens, a white politician who had devoted his career to abolishing slavery, decided to be buried in the “Negro” graveyard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Part of the inscription on his grave reads: “Finding other Cemeteries limited as to Race…I have chosen that I might illustrate in my death the Principles which I advocated Through a long life.” Writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston was buried in an unmarked grave in a Negro cemetery, Garden of the Heavenly Rest, in Fort Pierce, Florida, until the writer Alice Walker found her grave and had a gravestone erected with the inscription: Zora Neale Hurston, “A Genius of the South,” Novelist, Folklorist, Anthropologist, 1901–1960.”
Penny Colman, Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

“Today in the United States, corpses that are unclaimed or unidentified or that no family member or friend can afford to bury are generally buried in mass graves. In Chicago, Illinois, they are buried in groups of about thirty-five in a memorial park. In New York City they are ferried to Hart Island for burial in a mass grave. These free burial sites are typically known as potter’s fields.”
Penny Colman, Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

“The result was a spectacular cemetery with an Egyptian gate and fence that surrounded lakes, winding paths, and lush foliage. People were ecstatic, and throngs of famous and ordinary city dwellers went there to walk, meditate, and play. “Cemeteries are all the ‘rage’; people lounge in them and use them (as their tastes are inclined) for walking, making love, weeping, sentimentalizing, and everything in short,” an Englishman wrote after he toured Mount Auburn.”
Penny Colman, Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

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