Yearly Archives: 2021

Love Lives In This Place

Writer Mandy Shunnarah loves cemeteries now, but that wasn’t always the case–they used to experience panic attacks brought on by death anxiety. But, through one woman’s loving dedication to cemetery work and preserving Black history, Mandy came to understand that cemeteries were not places to be feared, but beloved sanctuaries of memory. 

August 24, 2021 | Blog

Secondhand Sorrow: The Gift Of Nine Night

Although writer Chazz Mair never really got the chance to know many of his relatives, through the stories shared over nine night rituals, he could come to understand the people his family had loved, and lost. 

July 29, 2021 | Blog

Destitute and Dissected: The Dead From a London Workhouse

On the same street in London where Charles Dickens lived twice during his formative years stands the Cleveland Street Workhouse, a severe brick building built in the late 18th century that is now part of Middlesex Hospital. Archaeologists involved in its renovations are studying the burial site associated with it, and gaining evidence on how the original workhouse operated and on the living conditions of its inhabitants. But this painstaking work is also revealing that the remains of the destitute poor were regularly dissected for anatomical purposes against their own wishes. 

May 25, 2021 | Blog