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Thomas H. Brown funeral home ledger

Identifier: ViU-2021-0011

Content Description

This collection contains the manuscript ledger book kept by Thomas Brown's Funeral home in Petersburg, Virginia. This book detailed the funerals of approximately 500 African Americans during the last years of the Great Depression. The volume opens with twenty-four pages of manuscript of an alphabetical index, listing the names of the deceased keyed with the page for further information about their funerals. In addition to the names of the deceased, most entries also record the dates, persons paying for the funerals and their addresses, services commissioned, the vehicles needed, and the fees for all aspects of the funeral services. Some entries are more detailed, adding the birth and death dates and places of residence of the deceased, names of parents, final resting places, and other details. Also included is one photograph, undated, 5 x 7 inches depicting pallbearers bringing a casket out of Brown's Funeral Home.

Acquisition Type



Purchased 11 December 2020.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


  • 1935 - 1941


.25 Cubic Feet (1 half legal document box.)


1 volume, a photogtaph tucked in the front of the ledger