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Grave Houses

Grave houses or grave shelters are wooden structures that have been built over burials in southern cemeteries for some two hundred years. No one is quite sure why this tradition began but everyone agrees that the lack of maintenance of these enigmatic structures makes them an endangered cultural artifact. Journey Proud welcomes cultural geographer Dr. Greg Jeane as we visit examples of the Alabama grave house and meet the people who are saving them for the future.

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