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Hotline: The Mystery of the Black Fans

Black fans were a common sight at funerals of the 19th century. Dennis Etzel, Jr., poet and lecturer at Washburn University, discusses the custom of the black fans and how they were a "memento mori," a symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death. 

Listen to "The Mystery of the Black Fans"

This recording is part of the Humanities Kansas Hotline, a series of bite-sized micropresentations about Kansas stories – both serious and light-hearted – that are researched and presented by experts across the state. 

 

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