© 2024 South Carolina Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
SC Public Radio is currently experiencing major technical difficulties. Our engineering team is actively investigating the matter to identify and resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. Please be assured we are prioritizing this outage and working diligently to restore full functionality to SC Public Radio. We will keep you updated on the progress and provide further information once the issue has been resolved.

Adam Geller/Associated Press

  • About 130 Black morticians have died of COVID-19 across the United States. The deaths are particularly notable because of the prominent role that funeral directors have long played in many Black communities. Often admired for their success in business, a number have been elected to political office, served as local power brokers, and helped fund civil rights efforts. Their deaths have left some successors struggling to fill their roles. At the same time, the services they arrange can serve as communal touchstones that draw mourners together. When the pandemic hit, the very closeness that distinguishes Black funerals put morticians at risk.