Some of the former formal cemeteries in Manhattan have been moved, some haven't, i.e., recently an improvement was halted in Washington Square Park due to human remains where a large veteran seamen's cemetery is beneath the park. A federal U.S. National Monument has been made out of the former "Negro Burial Ground" from the 18th century, once near the Collect Pond, where water still runs in basements and once used to flood cells in the jail called "The Tombs" a block or two from City Hall Park, where the "first Almshouse" cemetery remains were exposed in 1999, near the surface next to the Horace Greeley statue by construction and archaeologists, whom I worked with. It seems to me, and I've worked in others under the Landmarks Commission's purview, the "Old Soldiers Cemetery" in the Bronx, Moore-Jackson in Queens, AME Zion churchyard in Brooklyn, Dutch Reformed in Bowdoin Park, Dutchess county and Watervliet Shakers in Kettering, Ohio that people should be concerned about how we represent those events and those that have gone before us. A proper design and memorial would express the scale of the tragedy, which has not as far as I know, not been presented, yet golf courses on possible toxic landfill has. It should be a priority, and was, for shortly thereafter, the people who presented us with the Statue of Liberty who presented two suggested memorials they would have built for free in tribute.
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Dec 18, 2009