The Old St. John's Burying Ground connected with St. John's Chapel of the Trinity which was situated between Hudson, Leroy and Clarkson Streets. The space is now James J. Walker Park. Near the end of the 19th century the burying ground was taken by the city for a public park. After a careless record of the inscriptions had been made, the old stones were buried in place and few of the 10,000 occupants were moved. The only stone remaining is one dedicated to three firemen who gave their lives in the line of duty over 150 years ago.
Per the New York Tribune of 1899, very few bodies or gravestones were removed, and during the excavation of the area to create the park's "lake", the bones found were collected and placed in vaults under the steps of the large stone kiosk, which is also called the shelter, which houses the public lavatories and a bandstand. Other newspapers report that the gravemarkers were in poor shape generally, were toppled, and were buried in the ground where they stood and numbered between 900 and 250, depending on the publication. Some were used as fill for the lake.
GPS Coordinates: 40.73005, -74.00663
- Added: 17 Feb 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2389220
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