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There’s nothing spiritless about these deceased people. Faces in the right fold, embellished ladies shrouded in sparkling satin dresses and gentlemen in white tailor-made suits and hats. Mortician Isaiah Owens is carefully preparing the corpses for their final journey. It’s all part of the religious tradition of the group of Afro-Americans who emigrated from the South, and adhered to their Baptist tradition in Harlem. Heyert immortalised the fading traditions of Harlem with 33 breathtaking photographs. This, and the limited availability, makes the book a very worthy collectors-item.

 


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