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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:12 pm Post subject: Quarantine Hospital Staten Island We Need Your Help
From Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:00 am to Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|Quarantine Hospital Staten Island
Part 3, conclusion....
The Quarantine cemetery in the St. George section of Staten Island which operated from 1799-1849 and where tens of thousands emigrants were buried, was leveled in 1957 to make way for a municipal parking lot.
In 2006 the state of New York started preliminary testing of the Quarantine cemetery grounds/municipal parking lot for a planned upcoming court house project. Miraculously, close to 1,000 scattered human remains as well as a cluster of intact human skeleton's along with a burial area of infants was found. These human remains were removed from the site and are currently stored at a facility in Brooklyn.
The Staten Island Cemetery Association who once offered families a free dignified burial for their children under 2 years of age in the 1840's, has once again offered a dignified means of reinterrment to the state of New York by donating a large section of frontage cemetery property for the purpose of a proper reinterrment of the human remains that were found. A proposed memorial is in the planning stages.
The state of New York has indicated that they are also considering the reburial of these remains back into the municipal parking lot. The bedrock in this area is shallow which would prohibit the use of coffins, not to mention the lack of human decency that this suggests.
Ancient Order of Hibernians, Columcille Cultural Center, local community groups, descendants of those buried at the St. George location, representatives from the German community as well as Staten Island citizens have united with the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries to provide dignity and a proper burial at S.I. Cemetery.
The state of NY has received written notification of this group effort, incredibly they indicated that it is not enough. We have been instructed to obtain additional letters of support.
Whether or not you have an ancestor who died while in quarantine, we urge you to send a letter or email us a letter of support for the respectful reinterrment of these human remains to S.I. Cemetery.
Please write to: Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries Staten Island, 115 Lathrop Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314 or email SICemetery@aol.com Your name and address must be included in the letter.
Time is running out once again for these travelers, we need your support to make sure they finally will receive a proper burial, please write us.
Please forward this message on to other lists
Lynn A. Rogers
Executive Director - 917-545-3309
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. Staten Island
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Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. S.I.