Photo, Print, Drawing Daisy Ross cleaning and decorating a grave

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Daisy Ross cleaning and decorating a grave
Contributor Names
Ross, Daisy (Depicted)
Eiler, Terry (Photographer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Shumate's Branch
-  Community events
-  Community space
-  Spring
-  Graveyard Hill (Shumate's Branch, W. Va.)
-  May
-  National holidays
-  African American cemeteries
-  Grave tending
-  Wilson, Belle
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Shumate's Branch
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Edwight
-  Event: Memorial Day Weekend on Graveyard Hill.
-  "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."
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-TE-C031-17
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
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Chicago citation style:

Ross, Daisy, and Terry Eiler. Daisy Ross cleaning and decorating a grave. Shumate's Branch Edwight Raleigh County West Virginia, 1996. /05. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Ross, D. & Eiler, T. (1996) Daisy Ross cleaning and decorating a grave. Shumate's Branch Edwight Raleigh County West Virginia, 1996. /05. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Ross, Daisy, and Terry Eiler. Daisy Ross cleaning and decorating a grave. /05. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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