October 3, 2013
D'Angelo Center 416AB
Please join Melinda Hunt for a screening and discussion of her
documentary film, "Hart Island: An American Cemetery" This Thursday
10/3 from 6-8pm in DAC 416AB. Reception will follow in the
Yeh Art Gallery.
Four times a week New York City’s unclaimed
dead are trucked out to City Island where at a barbed wire covered
dock they board a ferry for Hart Island. Once there they are placed
in plain wooden boxes with their name (if known) scrawled on the
side, and buried in mass graves by inmates from nearby Rikers
Island. The Department of Correction estimates that roughly 800,000
people have been buried on the island since 1869. 1,500 more arrive
yearly, about half of them stillbirths and infants.
This event is sponsored by the St. Johns
University Academic Lecture Series and the Institute for Core
Studies. It has been organized in conjunction with the Silent
Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront
exhibition taking place in Sun Yat Sen Hall in the M.T. Geoffrey
Yeh Art Gallery through November 9th, 2013.