The Black Rose
is part of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose. The purpose of the Black
Rose is to participate in Memorial, Marker Dedications and Graveside Services.
In the 1860’s widows would dress in all black attire, also known as “Widow
Weeds” during a period of mourning. The ladies who supported the widow (her
friends) at the funeral would also be dressed in black.
The ladies wore black because they did not want to attract attention to
As members of
the Black Rose we portray the widow and her friends.
We dress in “Widow Weeds” and assist the Sons of Confederate Veterans
and the United Daughters of the Confederacy with their Memorial, Marker
Dedications and Graveside Services. We pay our respect with a small service
which includes laying flowers, sprinkling rose petals or placing a wreath on the
requirements to be a member of the Black Rose are:
Be a member of the TSOCR in good standing.
Have the proper 1860’s style clothing.
Consisting of the following:
Black dress or black skirt and blouse.
Black hat with mourning veil.
d. Black cape, shawl or jacket if worn
e. No jewelry except jet black earrings, a
brooch, or a wedding ring.
There are NO membership fees for the Black Rose.
A certificate is issued to those who participate in Black Rose Services.
The picture of the lady
accompanying this article is a lady in “Widow Weeds”. The picture was taken
from the book, “Who wore what?” by Juanita Leisch
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