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The Proper Re-Interrment of Immigrant Remains

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Last month Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries. S.I. sent out a plea for letters of support for the proper re-interrment of the immigrant remains that were EXHUMED from the St. George municipal parking lot once the site of the NYC Quarantine Hospital/cemetery. This particular NYC Quarantine station operated from 1799-1858. The immigrants who came to the USA during these years and were ill (as many were) passed through the S.I. Quarantine Hospital and ultimately many died and were buried at the cemetery now the St. George MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT. These human remains were EXHUMED in 2006. They are now held at a facility located in Brooklyn in storage boxes. Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries has offered a large section of Staten Island Cemetery that we maintain for the proper reinterrment of these HUMAN remains. The USA Ancient Order of Hibernians as well as the Columcille Irish Cultural Center, many local Staten Island organizations have backed the plan. We the undersigned call on the city to accept the offer of the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries and facilitate the proper burial of these remains.

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