A portion of the cemetery is where the burials from American Mechanics Cemetery, 22nd and Diamond Streets, Philadelpha were moved in the 1950's to make way for a housing project. Most all of the tombstones that accompanied the burial were tied to the coffin or over-casement and buried with the remains. Only a surname plaque exists in the three football field sized sections.
The burials, for whatever reason, had their monuments saved and installed properly, or were subsequent burials after the re-interment. Most likely they survived, because the family was given an option to move their families remains privately. Everything that was left over was moved en-mass.
Not a whole lot of care was taken in removing the burials, as during construction of the housing project, it was not uncommon to unearth bones, artifacts and entire corpses.
The original permit books for American Mechanics, Bellvue, German Lutheran and Union Cemeteries can be found at the Chester County Historical Society.
Some of these monuments are written in languages other than English. Other reinterments at PMP are from German Lutheran Cemetery, Bellvue Cemetery and Union Cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 40.0454, -75.5742
- Added: 26 Feb 2001
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #331061
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