Visitors Allowed to Gravesite at Hart Island Cemetary

For the first time, families head to the nation’s largest mass grave to visit where their loved ones are buried. 

The potter’s field on Hart Island is located off City Island in the Bronx.

It’s the resting place of more than a million people who couldn’t afford burial or whose bodies were unclaimed. 

Earlier this month, the Department of Correction—which runs the gravesite—settled a lawsuit with the New York Civil Liberties Union…allowing monthly grave visits to family members of those buried on the island. 

Before, visitors could only go to a memorial area.

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