ONLINEJewish and African American Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed

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Why do Americans tend to separate their dead along communal lines rooted in faith, race, ethnicity or social standing? Join us for a presentation by Dr. Kami Fletcher and Dr. Allan Amanik, editors of the anthology “Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed” (University Press of Mississippi/Jackson 2020) as they discuss the physical and symbolic borders of America’s ethnic cemeteries and what these divisions reveal about American history.

Drs. Amanik and Fletcher will share the histories behind the development of New York’s Jewish cemeteries and the 1807 founding of Baltimore’s African Burying Ground, and what the physical and invisible borders of these cemeteries tell us about how Americans negotiated race, ethnicity, religion, class and national origin in the 19th century.


Allan Amanik is assistant professor in the department of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is author of “Dust to Dust: A History of Jewish Death and Burial in New York.”

Kami Fletcher is associate professor of African American and U.S. history at Albright College. She is author of “The Niagara Movement: The Black Protest Reborn.”

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