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Let's Meetup and Hear a Talk About Hart Island

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.
$6 Museum members;
$8 seniors and students;
$12 general public

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  • Laura P.

    very interesting and sobering discussion

    July 25, 2013

  • JohnO

    Sorry, work obligations require that I change my RSVP.

    July 24, 2013

  • Leslie D.

    For everyone who asked, yes we DO have to pay since this is a Museum of the City of NY event. I'll try to work something out with the Museum so that we can get discounts in the future.

    July 23, 2013

  • Leslie D.

    This sounds fascinating. I am interested in attending but will have to figure out how to get out of work early enough to attend (I usually have to be at work in Queens until 7). If you would like to attend please call above as well as RSVPing with me. Thanks. And thanks to the Museum of the City of New York for joining our group!

    July 3, 2013

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