Back by popular demand, Chief Curator Grahame Long will present Manners Most Morbid: Charlestonians at the Grave on October 30, at 6:00 pm. He’ll be sharing fascinating aspects of Charleston’s history as well as a few chilling stories, followed by a brief Q&A segment. This lecture is FREE and open to the public.
Those lucky enough to prepare their post-mortem affairs did so with varying degrees of style. Lowcountry funeral planning and its eventual implementation in many instances, in fact, became more of a social event ranging anywhere from the elegantly elaborate to the morosely mundane. As early as the mid-eighteenth century, an array of funerary arts and services was available, and well-to-do Charlestonians paid handsomely for grand send-offs. These cultural interactions — and the decorations, mementos and observances they birthed — soon became among the most visible and remarkable aspects of Carolina lore.