Audio Recording "I even did these two ladies' [hair] after they passed away, for the casket."

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Title
"I even did these two ladies' [hair] after they passed away, for the casket."
Contributor Names
Garcia, Luz (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-14
Subject Headings
-  Beauty Shops
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Burials
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Mari's Hair People (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Luz Garcia, owner of Mari's Hair People.
-  Summary of audio segment: LG doesn't go to people's houses. She used to, for old customers who could no longer come out, got sick, so LG went to their houses. She felt bad for them, because she knew that their joy was to get their hair done. LG even did ladies' hair who had died. They had asked their families to ask LG to do their hair after they died. So LG did it while they were in their casket. That was so shocking, the first one she did. Was her first experience, she was scared. LG didn't know how she was going to act when she did it, was nerve wracking. But LG cared for the lady so much that when she saw her in the casket she wasn't afraid, she just did her hair, sprayed it, and that was it. Then another one died and the same thing happened, but LG just went and did it [i.e. she wasn't nervous]. And the family sent a thank you card for doing her hair. They asked her because they liked the way she did hair so much. But besides that, doesn't do work outside the shop.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A025
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02505
Language
English
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "I even did these two ladies' hair after they passed away, for the casket.". -09-14, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004006/.

APA citation style:

Garcia, L. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I even did these two ladies' hair after they passed away, for the casket.". -09-14. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004006/.

MLA citation style:

Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "I even did these two ladies' hair after they passed away, for the casket.". -09-14, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004006/>.