Audio Recording "I bought my grave about thirteen years ago."

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"I bought my grave about thirteen years ago."
Contributor Names
Bragg, Carnie (Narrator)
Smith, Lynda (Collaborator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Undertakers and undertaking
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Funeral homes
-  Bragg Funeral Home (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Carnie Bragg, owner, Bragg Funeral Home.
-  Summary of audio segment: "I bought my grave about thirteen years ago. I put my headstone up about ten years ago. Everything is written down; my son knows where all my papers are and it will make it a little easier for him at the time of my death." (He keeps a photo of a headstone on the wall); "No, that's mine. A lot of people think my parents are buried there. It's what I wanted, it's paid for. I couldn't get into the same section as them. . ." The photo makes him feel glad that he did it that he is prepared and no one has to worry about it and "it's not going to make me die. I'm just glad that I've done it."
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A014
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Bragg, Carnie, Lynda Smith, and Susan Levitas. "I bought my grave about thirteen years ago.". -08-17, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Bragg, C., Smith, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "I bought my grave about thirteen years ago.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bragg, Carnie, Lynda Smith, and Susan Levitas. "I bought my grave about thirteen years ago.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.