fletchermarple: Hart Island, also known as th…


Hart Island, also known as the Island of the Dead, is a massive burial ground for people too poor to afford a proper funeral or bodies who were never claimed by family members.

Located in New York, it has worked as a cemetery since 1869, after being a Civil War prison camp, a tuberculosis hospital and an asylum for the insane. It holds the remains of at least 1 million people. Inmates work as gravediggers and groundkeepers in the otherwise abandoned island.

Until last weekend, families weren’t allowed to visit the actual spot where their loved ones were buried, they could only look at the scenery from a gazebo. The DOC fortunately changed that, offering closure to many.

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