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History of State Funerals

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History of State Funerals

History of State Funerals

History of State Funerals

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The state funeral is a ceremony with centuries of tradition. NPR's Michele Norris talks about its origins with John Austin, director of the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois.