Audio Recording Different burial traditions

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Different burial traditions
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
-  Customer relations
-  Funeral homes
-  Burials
-  Bragg Funeral Home (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Carnie Bragg, owner, Bragg Funeral Home.
-  Summary of audio segment: Customers are mostly black, but two percent Hispanic; had a family from India and service was different, opened casket during service and put paint on paper and each person took an imprint of the feet to keep; Hispanics will stay and cover the grave as will West Indians. People like to be buried with object; favorite was a family that had floral display that said, "this one's for you, Pop." He liked to drink Budweiser and they put cold can of beer on his hands. We encourage people to remember someone as he was; when he interviews the family, he starts off by asking what deceased's hobbies were and about family reunion. You should not try to make something different of the person.
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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Bragg, Carnie, Lynda Smith, and Susan Levitas. Different Burial Traditions. -08-17, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Bragg, C., Smith, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) Different Burial Traditions. -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Bragg, Carnie, Lynda Smith, and Susan Levitas. Different Burial Traditions. -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.