Episode 29 “Hebrew Free Burial Society”: with Amy Koplow, Executive Director.
While many of the young women and men who perished in the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire could be identified, many could not. As unclaimed or identified deaths, according to New York City policy, bodies were traditionally shipped to the City Morgue at Bellevue and later passed on to potter’s field at Hart Island.
It was certain that the 22 identified victims of the Triangle Shirt Waist fire would be laid to rest there, as well, except for the extraordinary intervention of the Hebrew Free Burial Society.
Michael T. Keene is the author of Folklore and Legends of Rochester, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Mad~House, Question of Sanity, and now his new book,
NEW YORK CITY’S HART ISLAND: A CEMETERY OF STRANGERS
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