"Let's get her
home with a great send off!!"
The call went out
to the community for three hundred drummers to
honor and clear the way for High Chief Dr. Barbara
Ann Teer, the founder of the National
Black Theater, who died on Monday, July 21,
The funeral celebration
took place over two days. Dr. Teer's body lay
in state at the National Black Theater (2031 5th
Ave in Harlem, New York) on Sunday, July 27, 2008,
surrounded by mourners and the drummers she loved.
Then on Monday, July 29, 2008, Dr. Teer's drumming
escort accompanied her funeral carriage from the
National Black Theater to Riverside Church at
490 Riverside Drive for a 3PM service. Then on
Monday night, there was a fireworks display by
the Grucci Family above the Hudson River near
Riverside Church. For all of these ceremonial
occasions, Dr. Teer's family request that the
mourners/life celebrants wear white and purple
in honor of Dr. Teer.
Cool photographer Angelo Rivera was on hand for
the life celebration and he took these photographs.
Rest in Peace to a woman who will be sorely missed
by all who knew and loved her.
for Dr. Teer's obituary in the New York Times.