These Black cemeteries dot the Tennessee landscape, but few know their history or the societies of care they represent. To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead is the first book-length look at these cemeteries and the lodges that fostered them.
This book is a must-have for genealogists, historians, and family members of the people buried in these cemeteries.
Chapter 1: The Rise of Fraternalism
Chapter 2: Lodge Cemeteries in Tennessee
Chapter 3: Importance of Fraternalism and Benevolence in the African American Community
Chapter 4: The Importance of Funerals and Cemeteries in Fraternalism
Chapter 5: Remembering the Dead: Commemoration in Lodge Cemeteries
Chapter 6: Segregated Landscapes
Chapter 7: The Silences of the Lodge Cemeteries: "Unmarked" Graves and Hiding in Plain Sight
Conclusion: The Persistence of Lodges and Lodge Cemeteries
Glossary of Terms