San Francisco jazz funeral

A student recently shared this photo with me. It shows a New Orleans-style funeral procession (a.k.a. “jazz funeral”) moving through the North Shore area of San Francisco. It’s the funeral for the student’s godfather, who died in January.


I was intrigued when the student told me about this because of the geographical displacement involved–i.e., I wouldn’t have expected a jazz funeral in San Francisco, although of course in a country long characterized by migration, I should have expected it. Outmigration from the South to the western parts of the Sunbelt was particularly notable in the 20th century, which makes the New Orleans-San Francisco trajectory that much more “Oh, yeah, makes sense.”

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