These fans offer a view from the pews of late 20th century African-American churches. Three are from Cutchins Funeral Home in Franklinton, one from Alston & Anderson Funeral Services in Louisburg.
The Kennedys and Martin Luther King have long been an iconographic trio, not only visually but also musically (with Lincoln). Sometimes Dr. King had the fan all to himself.
Distributed by Franklin Funeral Home in Franklinton.
This humble, well-used cardboard hand fan combines three key elements of black history in North Carolina:
— Dr. King.
— North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance, the state’s preeminent black business.
— The typically un-air-conditioned churches that accommodated not only worship services but also civil rights meetings.