Kami Fletcher is an Assistant Professor of African American History at Delaware State University. She received a Ph.D. in History from Morgan State University in 2013. Her research centers on African American burial grounds, Black towns, and early 20th century Black female undertakers.
Her book manuscript, Ain’t She Got No People?: Life & Death at Mount Auburn Cemetery, frames this question within the larger social context for Black freedom and humanity during the Post-Colonial, Antebellum, and Reconstruction periods. It does so by positioning African American cemeteries as the point where life and death meet arguing that this meeting point is a symbol of Black freedom from White control. The crux of this argument hinges on positioning Mount Auburn Cemetery as a vehicle used by African Americans to obtain freedom.
She is also co-editing a volume, Till Death Do Us Part: Ethnic Cemeteries as Uncrossed Borders, that examines the borders erected by cemeteries. Not limited to the physical gates and enclosures of the cemetery but the racial and ethnic borders of society, this volume interrogates the very reason certain ethnic groups maintained internal and external borders. In this way, this volume is unique. It does not take for granted the borders and limits represented within and outside burial grounds but seeks to understand the narrative and counter narrative constructed from these separations.
Dr. Fletcher teaches classes on various aspects of African American History, Women’s Studies, and Black Women’s Intellectual History. For her complete CV, please see: https://desu.academia.edu/KamiFletcher