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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Carolyn Whigham.

Author: Carolyn Whigham; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
Summary:
Funeral director Carolyn Whigham was born on January 5, 1949, in Newark, New Jersey, daughter of Marie Whigham and Whigham Funeral Home founder, Charles L. Whigham. She was one of ten children of color who matriculated at Vailsburg High School in Newark. Whigham married Malcolm N. Bennett in 1974, and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she joined him in a career in real estate. Whigham divorced in 1984, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Carolyn Whigham
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Whigham; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150942
Credits: Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
New York, New York
2017 March 28.
Description: 1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 37 min., 52 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Carolyn Whigham
Carolyn Whigham

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Funeral director Carolyn Whigham was born on January 5, 1949, in Newark, New Jersey, daughter of Marie Whigham and Whigham Funeral Home founder, Charles L. Whigham. She was one of ten children of color who matriculated at Vailsburg High School in Newark. Whigham married Malcolm N. Bennett in 1974, and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she joined him in a career in real estate. Whigham divorced in 1984, and returned to Newark, where she attended and graduated from the American Academy McAllister School of Mortuary Science in 1986. That year, she took over Whigham Funeral Home as director, upon her father’s retirement. During her tenure as funeral director of Whigham Funeral Home, she oversaw the funerals of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, Whitney Houston’s father John Russell Houston, U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, Sr., and singer Whitney Houston. Over 6,000 funerals were overseen by Whigham Funeral Home.

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