From: Lynn Rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Help FACSI Bury the Dead on April 27 2014
Help Us Bury the DeaD
April 27th Reinterment at Court House Cemetery
Between 1799 and 1858, Staten Island was home to the Marine Hospital Quarantine Station, where tens of thousands of immigrants – largely from Ireland – were sent to recover if New York medical inspectors found them suffering from infectious diseases. Many of those quarantined died in the Marine Hospital, located in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island and were buried en masse in cemeteries operate…d by the Quarantine Station. One of those cemeteries was on the site of the new Court House complex in St. George. During construction of the court facilities, a team of professional archeologists exhumed the remains of these mass graves. DNA testing revealed that all exhumed bodies were of Celtic origin.
On Sunday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m., Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries will oversee reburial of those remains in a recreated cemetery on the grounds of the new court house. Participating at the graveside reinterment will be Monsignor James Dorney, Assemblyman Michael Cusick who is also president of the American Irish Legislators Society of New York State, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Staten Island Pipes and Drums, SIOutLOUD and tenor Andy Cooney.
Lynne Rogers, Executive Director of the FACSI notes, “Many Irish immigrants, whose only reason for being on Staten Island was because of the quarantine decided to stay and make their new life here. Today, they are 6th and 7th generation Staten Islanders. It would be so fitting if some of the heirs of those first immigrants were to join us on the 27th.”
Many Irish immigrants arrived in New York came between 1845 and 1852, as the Great Hunger aka Potato Famine ravaged the Irish nation. One New York newspaper reported in April, 1851, “The number of poor people from Ireland who are wandering through the streets of Staten Island in a starving condition is dreadful.” Invariably when these immigrant s died on Staten Island, either on the streets or in the Marine Hospital, they were immediately buried. No death certificates were issued and no cemetery logs kept.
“It was a ghastly end for so many of these people who had left Ireland in hopes of a new life in America,” Ms. Rogers says. “Their fate was tragic, but now, more than a century and half later, they will receive the recognition and benediction they never received in life.”
For more information about the graveside service, which is free and open to the public. The Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries is also producing a commemorative booklet and is seeking memorial ads. For more information contact SICemetery@gmail.com or call 917-545-3309
Ad: $35 1/4 page; $70 1/2 page; $140 full page. Pictures ok.
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc.
158 Myrtle Avenue, SI, N.Y. 10310
917-545-3309 or SICemetery@gmail.com
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