College News

CAS News  Back to CAS News

Exploring the role of “rest in peace” T-shirts in Black America

TAMPA, Fla. – The USF Institute on Black Life will host anthropology doctoral candidate Brett Mervis, who will give a presentation entitled “Rest in Peace T-Shirts: An Exploratory Study of a Contemporary Black American Mourning Ritual.” The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 in FAO 296.

The lecture will discuss the cultural significance and role that these R.I.P. T-shirts play in the contemporary Black American mourning process of homicide victims. The shirts are no longer exclusively worn for those who die violently and the lecture will provide evidence of this, along with observations from funerals and flea markets, where the shirts are produced.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Institute on Black Life    
Author: Taghrid Alrajoula