‘The tug of war over Hart Island’

The 18 July 2021 NY Times includes an article entitled ‘The tug of war over Hart Island.’ A mile long, Hart Island is in Long Island Sound and is part of the Bronx (New York, US). Hart Island is still used as the ‘potter’s field’ for the city, with over a million New Yorkers buried on the island in common graves. Significant numbers of people who died from COVID were likely buried on the island. In the 1980s, people who died of AIDS were also likely buried on Hart Island.

At different times, Hart Island has served as a location for multiple devalued groups in various settings, including the following:

Oddly, during the Cold War, Hart Island was used as a missile site, from the 1950s until the 1970s.

For additional stories on Hart Island, see:

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/16/1016122868/nyc-burial-mass-graves-unclaimed-harts-island-covid

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/unclaimed-coronavirus-victims-being-buried-on-hart-island-long-history-as-potters-field

http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/hart.html

https://www.hartisland.net

Posted on July 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink
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