In 1868, New York City purchased Hart Island in Long Island Sound, north of City Island in what was then rural Westchester County. A year later, "City Cemetery" opened on the island, employing older boys from the House of Refuge on Randall's Island as gravediggers for unknowns and people unable to afford private burials. Hart Island is now the largest cemetery in the United States, with over one million burials (more than double the number at Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood) and it remains a removed, rugged, rural landscape, largely unchanged since Jacob Riis first photographed the burials in 1891. Melinda Hunt, visual artist, author, and founding director of the Hart Island Project, will discuss this forbidden and forgotten cemetery off the Bronx shore where New York City has buried its unclaimed dead for over a century.
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$8 seniors and students;
$12 general public
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