Funeral on a Rice Plantation, U.S. South, 1859
Accompanies article by T. Addison Richards, The Rice Lands of the South (pp. 721-38). Perhaps the most remarkable of these exhibitions [of singing by slaves] are those which are wont to occur on occasions of funeral solemnities, celebrated as they generally are, in the deep night-darkness of some dense old wood, made doubly dismal by the ghostly light of the pine torches and the phantom-like figures of the scarcely visible mourners (Richards, p.735).
Harper's Monthly Magazine, vol. 19 (1859), p. 731. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)
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