Black Slave from Texas Embalms Confederate & Union Dead

Prince Greer - 1st known black embalmer - Confederate
BLACK CONFEDERATE – Prince Greer(also known as Prince Graham). Born a slave in 1840 in South Carolina. He accompanied his master to war from Texas. After his master was killed in Ft Donelson, he transported the remains to a mortician in Nashville. Understandably, by Prince Greer still being a slave, he did not accompany his dead master’s remains back to Texas. So he remained behind in Tennessee to work with the mortician – in the exchange for room & board. He helped embalm thousands of Civil War dead on both sides. He became an expert at it. I feel that 3 states can claim this unsung hero – Texas, Tennessee & South Carolina.

After slavery had ended, he reportedly took up the last name of Graham. He died at the age of 44 in Nov 1884 in Nashville from being poisoned by a white woman pretending to be a mulatto who was living with him. The science through autopsy proved it was murder. Prince Greer is buried in the 1st black cemetery called Mount Ararat Cemetery, in Nashville, TN. I now hear it’s dilapidated. Unfortunately, he may not even have a headstone, much less a grave site stone that commemorates the contributions he rendered to the Confederacy & his help to pioneer in embalming to the South to the civil war dead.


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