Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Terry
Dates 1996
Location Raleigh County
Shumate's Branch
Sundial
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects Cemeteries
Community Events
Community Space
Ethnography
Grave Tending
Graveyard Hill (Shumate's Branch, W. Va.)
May
National Holidays
Photographs
Shumate's Branch
Spring
Wilson, Belle
Title
Tending graves at Graveyard Hill on Memorial Day weekend
Contributor Names
Eiler, Terry (Photographer)
Created / Published
1996/05
Subject Headings
-  Cemeteries
-  Community events
-  Shumate's Branch
-  Community space
-  Spring
-  Graveyard Hill (Shumate's Branch, W. Va.)
-  May
-  National holidays
-  Grave tending
-  Wilson, Belle
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Sundial
-  West Virginia -- Shumate's Branch
Genre
Ethnography
Photographs
Notes
-  "Graveyard Hill is the site of an African American cemetery on the hillside above the sludge pond ("coal refuse impoundment") now filling Shumate's Branch. Each year former residents of the African American settlement at the mining town of Edwight return with their children and grandchildren to tend the graves of their relatives and hold a family reunion at the former home of Belle Wilson, a family ancestor.
-  This is the one weekend of the year that Performance Coal Company (a subsidiary of A.T. Massey) opens the road into the mountains around Shumate's Branch to allow public access to this cemetery."
-  Event: Memorial Day Weekend.
Medium
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-TE-C032-13
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.tec03213


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