African American Funeral and Mourning Customs in South Carolina

The grave was a charm or powerful talisman that controlled events in the spirit world (world of the dead), as well as the world of the living.

Elaine Nichols

A native of Charlotte, NC, Elaine Nichols is the Supervisory Curator of Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which opens in 2016.