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Caskets at St. Peters Catholic Church - The Ancient Order of the Hibernians, provided a 19th century funeral service at St Peter’s Church on Staten Island Photo by: Handout

Thousands of Great Hunger victims died in Staten Island quarantine

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Caskets at St. Peters Catholic Church - The Ancient Order of the Hibernians, provided a 19th century funeral service at St Peter’s Church on Staten Island Photo by: Handout

The Church was specially chosen as it has a strong link with the quarantine facility having lost a number of priests the infectious diseases which plagued the area at the time.

Rogers told IrishCentral, “About 15 years ago they were re-decorating the Church and they found that a priest is buried under that altar with a plaque explaining that he had died administering to the Irish during the years of the Great Hunger at the quarantine.”

The caskets are now being kept at a receiving tomb in Moravian Cemetery, in New Dorp, and soon, once construction is completed on the Supreme Court building, they will be re-interred in a Memorial Green, in a quiet corner of the property, a place of quiet reflection, where the thousands buried from that period can be remembered.

The Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island (FACSI) plan to release a DVD telling the story of the area and these immigrants remains, by fall 2013. For more information on their group visit their Facebook page, call 917-545-3309 or email siccemetry@gmail.com.

Originally published in 2013.

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