Monday, May 16

Unearthing the Secrets of New York’s Mass Graves


"Over a million people are buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. A New York Times investigation uncovers some of their stories and the failings of the system that put them there. Twice a week or so, loaded with bodies boxed in pine, a New York City morgue truck passes through a tall chain-link gate and onto a ferry that has no paying passengers. Its destination is Hart Island, an uninhabited strip of land off the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound, where overgrown 19th-century ruins give way to mass graves gouged out by bulldozers and the only pallbearers are jail inmates paid 50 cents an hour. There, divergent life stories come to the same anonymous end. ..."
NY Times
W - Hart Island
Hart Island Project
NPR: Relatives Of Deceased Push For More Access To NYC Potter's Field
YouTube: This Is Hart Island (Video)

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