Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Poem "A Negro Cemetery Next To A White One"

Dublin Core

Title

Poem "A Negro Cemetery Next To A White One"

Description

The narrator of this poem claims that, if he were black, he wouldn't mind being turned away from a white cemetery. The poem finishes by arguing that "it's white of them to give what tantamounts to [an integrated world], and makes us all, for what that's worth, separate but equal where it counts." It alludes to the separations of Heaven and Hell after death despite mortal bodies being segregated by race.

Creator

Source

Nemerov, Howard. "A Negro Cemetery Next To A White One." <em>The Messenger</em> (Summer 1964): 22. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1964

Contributor

Cassidy Lowther
Gabby Kiser

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Messenger1964.22-1964

Files

Citation

Nemerov, Howard, “Poem "A Negro Cemetery Next To A White One",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 19, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/399.