Black Funeral Directors Association
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Today our communities are made up of many people from all ethnic backgrounds. Prior to segregation ending, communities, churches, and schools would only welcome people of their own race. Businesses that included funeral homes would service the black communities. However, prior to the emancipation there were many local undertakers and grave diggers who served multiple communities throughout Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel county. Many also attended colleges to earn degrees in Mortuary Science and Embalming. Here are some of the local undertakers and funeral home directors that served in and around Maryland counties including Anne Arundel ,Baltimore,Calvert,Charles, St. Mary's and beyond. One of the first female Undertakers Ellen Parker serviced a large area within our black communities. She was well respected in the community and church. She conducted her business out of her home in Annapolis, Maryland. She was the only black female in her class to attend and graduate at a well known Mortuary & Embalming School. According to oral history statements, Ellen had a pet parrot that talked a lot. After many years of searching for her tombstone, it has been found. She is interred at the historic Brewer Hill Cemetery also known as "The People's Cemetery of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Maryland.