My 28-year-old nephew, Willie Lee “Chill” Oglesby, Jr., was murdered on November 8, 2017. One of the first things that his mother and my sister, Aleta (affectionately called “Snooky”), did was to commission Novel T’s to create 44 official RIP (Rest in Peace) T-shirts. As ritualized mourning wear, all of Willie’s immediate and extended kin,… Read more →
Kami Fletcher is an associate professor of American & African American History at Albright College and president of the Collective for Radical Death Studies. She is the co-editor of Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed, a comprehensive study of how burial customs highlight social status and class arguing how death is not the great equalizer.