The following message is from the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. Staten Island:
Genealogy community can help provide a dignified re-interrment of immigrants exhumed from Staten Island Quarantine Cemetery, buried from 1799-1858.
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island NY has sent a plea for letters of support for the proper re-internment of the immigrant remains that were EXHUMED from a 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 this time as well as those with disease living in the NYC Metropolitan area and were ill (as many were) passed through the S.I. Quarantine Hosp and ultimately many died and were buried at the cemetery now a 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 a historic cemetery that we maintain for the proper re-internment of these HUMAN remains.
Without letters of support from you the genealogy community, these remains will be PUT BACK INTO THE PARKING LOT! Paved over once again and forgotten. Please, we ask that you take 1 minute of your time, send a letter of support to: SICemetery@aol.com.
Support the re-internment to Staten Island Cemetery. Time is once again running out for these unfortunate travelers. We in the genealogy community have accumulated their information, now we must provide to them final dignity. Your letter of support could make this possible.
Please send a letter of support today to SICemetery@aol.com.
Lynn A. Rogers (a descendant of Jeffrey Ferris)
Executive Director 917-545-3309
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. Staten Island