African Burial Customs
When African slaves came to America, they brought their culture with them, including their own languages, foods, styles of dress, and burial customs. This page shows a few of the West African burial and funeral traditions practiced during the time of the American slave trade (1550-1850). These customs and their meanings varied depending on the region of Africa and the time period.
Other customs: Tie up the mouth to contain the souls and keep it from wandering