Decoration Day and rural cemeteries are topics of Tuesday’s Book Talk at Alabama Archives

Tuesday’s free Book Talk topic at the state archives in Montgomery will be “Decoration Day and the Shaping of Rural Southern Cemeteries,”  presented by Alan and Karen Jabbour.
The couple’s book, “Decoration Day in the Mountains,” explores the culture of Decoration Day, a cemetery tradition in the South. Now they are researching the cultural features of rural Southern cemeteries. The Jabbours will be speaking on the varied features found in the region’s rural cemeteries, such as mounded graves, shell decoration and rock cairns, according to a news release from the state Department of Archives and History.

Alan Jabbour is a folklorist who spent most of his career in Washington. He was head of the Archives of Folk Song at the Library of Congress, founding director of the Folk Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts and founding director of the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress.

His cemetery research is a joint venture with his wife, Karen Singer Jabbour. Her photographs are a major component of their book.
The recently received a grant from the Joyce Cauthen Fellowship Fund of the Alabama Folklife Association.
Tuesday’s program is co-sponsored by the Alabama Folklife Association, Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Friends of
Books will be available for purchase. For more information, visit the archives’ website or call 334-353-4726. The archives is at 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery.

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