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Re: Funeral Flower Girls - thread cited in article
In Response To: Re: Funeral Flower Girls ()

Thought you'd be interested to see the news story in the Wilmington (NC) Star-News where this thread was used as a resource:

http://wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060729/NEWS/607290340/1051/frontpage

"The tradition's origin is vague, at best. Local funeral directors could not trace its beginnings. And experts on black folklore and tradition at The Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had not heard of it. The African American genealogy Web site called AfriGeneas.com has a lengthy forum posted in March that traces the tradition across the U.S.

Sometimes, the traditions surrounding flower girls vary from funeral to funeral. One of the AfriGeneas.com entries cited a recent funeral in Jacksonville, Ala. where the flower bearers announced who gave each arrangement, "while holding the flowers high for all in the audience to see. Then the flower bearer would exit the church and make an archway, so to speak, from the steps of church to the door of the hearse while still holding flowers until clergy and family made their exit.""

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