Dancing Among Tombs on a Moonlit Brooklyn Night: ‘It Feels So Alive’

At a fund-raiser for Green-Wood Cemetery, guests danced and watched performances at the landmark burial ground. The pandemic seemed both near and far away.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #mali-taylor, #tombs-and-tombstones

Excuse Her Dust: 54 Years Late, Dorothy Parker Finally Gets a Tombstone

The beloved author wrote many witty epitaphs but never suggested where her remains should end up. Her fans helped complete her ashes’ odyssey.

#books-and-literature, #bronx-nyc, #cemeteries, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #poetry-and-poets, #woodlawn-cemetery-bronx-ny

Search for Victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre Has Uncovered 27 Coffins

There are strong reasons to suspect that the mass grave was for victims of the 1921 killing, given contemporary evidence.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #black-people, #cemeteries, #oaklawn-cemetery, #race-and-ethnicity, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cambridge-university-press, #capital-punishment, #cemeteries, #crime-and-criminals, #freedom-of-religion, #gosden-chris, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #research, #roman-civilization, #scotland, #skeletons

On Memorial Day, the Veterans Who Bury Their Own

The veterans who work at Calverton National Cemetery view their job as a sacred duty and final act of fellowship.

#afghanistan, #calverton-national-cemetery, #cemeteries, #funerals-and-memorials, #national-cemetery-administration, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

These Twins Lived Together. In Covid, They Died Together.

The story of Joefred and Ralfred Gregory has resonated widely as India suffered the most virus deaths in a single day of any country during the pandemic.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #twins

Make Time to Mourn

Though the pandemic has posed obstacles to funerals, delaying memorial services has also opened up unexpected opportunities for reflection and creativity.

#cemeteries, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #morgues-and-mortuaries, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A Cemetery’s Big Secret: Lots of Weird Mushrooms

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is a treasure trove for amateur fungi hunters. Just don’t pick any.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cemeteries, #flowers-and-plants, #fungi, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #inaturalist-mobile-app, #mushrooms, #new-york-mycological-society, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

After Threats to Turn It Into a Toilet, a Confederate Monument Is Recovered

A stone chair dedicated to Jefferson Davis has been returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy after a group calling itself White Lies Matter claimed to have stolen it.

#cemeteries, #chairs, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #davis-jefferson-f, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #robberies-and-thefts, #united-daughters-of-the-confederacy

How the Yankees’ Luckiest Batboy Ended Up in an Unmarked Grave

Eddie Bennett earned fame in the dugouts of the Major Leagues. He had almost slipped from memory when New Yorkers teamed up to honor his short, dramatic life.

#baseball, #cemeteries, #chicago-white-sox, #mascots, #middle-village-queens-ny, #new-york-yankees, #roman-catholic-church

I Brought My Mother Home to Ireland

Near the lichen-mottled bottom of the family headstone, a single new line appears in the slate gray.

#cemeteries, #families-and-family-life, #galway-ireland, #ireland, #long-island-ny

Italian Cliffside Cemetery, and Its Coffins, Carried Away by a Landslide

Scuba divers are working to retrieve coffins from the sea, but many more are buried under the debris of the landslide.

#cemeteries, #italy, #landslides-and-mudslides

How Plagues Shape the Landscape

From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.

#cemeteries, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #plague, #travel-and-vacations

The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)

A survey of tombstones from the oldest continually operating pet cemetery in the U.S. reveals a passion for “Princess.”

#cemeteries, #dogs, #hartsdale-ny, #pets, #your-feed-selfcare

How a Potter’s Field Became a Civil Rights Leader’s Resting Place

Relatives of Scott Green are among the hundreds of families who have buried their loved ones on New York City’s Hart Island.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #ernest-green, #green-family, #hart-island-bronx-ny, #human-resources-administration-nyc, #little-rock-ark, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #scott-green

Two Men Are Accused of Stealing Skulls From Florida Cemetery

The men said that they took the skulls to use in religious practices of Palo Mayombe, an African-Caribbean religion related to Santeria, according to the authorities.

#brian-montalvo-tolentino, #cemeteries, #florida, #juan-burgos-lopez, #palo-mayombe, #polk-county-fla

The Haunting of Tulsa, Okla.

A recently unearthed mass grave may soon provide answers about what happened to victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #black-people, #cemeteries, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

Uncovering a Cemetery’s Lost Black History, Stone by Stone

Sourland Mountain, a once-isolated region in New Jersey, has long inspired tall tales. Two local women turned “history detectives” have been trying to recover its true story.

#black-people, #buck-elaine-1953, #cemeteries, #content-type-personal-profile, #genealogy, #hopewell-nj, #if-these-stones-could-talk-african-american-presence-in-the-hopewell-valley-sourland-mountain-and-surrounding-regions-of-new-jersey-book, #mills-beverly-1950, #museum-of-the-american-revolution, #museums, #research, #slavery-historical, #stoutsburg-cemetery-hopewell-nj, #stoutsburg-sourland-african-american-museum-hopewell-nj

How an Urban Beekeeper Spends His Sundays

Nick Hoefly tends to bees among the tombs of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Happy Halloween.

#astoria-queens-ny, #bees, #cemeteries, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #honey

Review: In a Cemetery, Music Lives

“To America,” a musical walking tour of Green-Wood Cemetery, is one of the few opportunities to experience live performance in New York this fall.

#cemeteries, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-of-classical-production-co, #dhegrae-lucy, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #harlem-chamber-players, #johnson-james-weldon, #lift-every-voice-and-sing-song, #music, #ousley-andrew

Halloween’s Not Canceled: Here’s How to Make It Spooky but Safe

Movies, podcasts, cemetery walks and more: Our guide to enjoying a socially distant fright fest.

#alamo-drafthouse-cinema, #cemeteries, #criterion-channel, #donnie-darko-movie, #get-out-movie, #ghosts, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #his-house-movie, #hocus-pocus-movie, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #movies, #new-york-botanical-garden, #pumpkins, #scream-movie, #sleepy-hollow-ny, #staten-island-nyc, #synchronic-movie, #the-babadook-movie, #the-blob-movie, #the-brood-movie, #the-exorcist-movie, #the-love-witch-movie, #the-texas-chainsaw-massacre-movie, #theater-for-the-new-city, #titus-andronicus-play, #van-cortlandt-manor-croton-on-hudson-ny

Mass Grave Unearthed in Tulsa During Search for Massacre Victims

An excavation found 11 coffins in Oaklawn Cemetery, but painstaking work will be required to identify whether the remains are from Black victims of the 1921 race massacre.

#black-people, #cemeteries, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

My Brother Died and Reminded Me of These Life Lessons

I went home to celebrate Frederick’s glorious life and was forced to reflect on my own.

#black-people, #cemeteries, #death-and-dying, #funerals-and-memorials, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #louisiana, #segregation-and-desegregation

A Counter to Confederate Monuments, Black Cemeteries Tell a Fuller Story of the South

Many have fallen into disrepair, the victims of mismanagement, political strife or abandonment. Now there’s an effort to restore and protect them.

#black-people, #cemeteries, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #columbia-sc, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #southern-states-us

A Pandemic-Appropriate Show Ends Its Run in a Newport Cemetery

Piotr Uklanski’s new paintings of Pre-Raphaelite muses closes with a private performance that conjures “Eyes Wide Shut” and Roy Orbison.

#2020-t-design, #art, #cemeteries, #uklanski-piotr

A Birthday at the Cemetery

All I could think about was how quickly the first 40 years of my life had flown by and how nothing was guaranteed ahead.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

‘Our Role is to Reduce Their Grief’

None of Iraq’s existing graveyards wanted the bodies of Covid-19 patients. So Shiite leaders created a burial ground for them that is also open to Sunnis and Christians.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #iraq, #najaf-iraq, #nasiriya-iraq, #sistani-ali-al

The Massacre That Destroyed Tulsa’s ‘Black Wall Street’

In 1921, the city of Tulsa erupted in a spasm of hate and fire that destroyed its prosperous Black district. A century later, excavators are uncovering a “crime scene.”

#black-people, #cemeteries, #forensic-science, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #tulsa-okla

In South Africa, Burial Traditions Upended by Coronavirus

Restrictions on travel have disrupted a deeply important cultural practice for many Black residents in Cape Town: returning the body for burial hundreds of miles home in the Eastern Cape province.

#cape-town-south-africa, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #south-africa

The Confederate Monuments We Shouldn’t Tear Down

Removing statues that glorify the Confederacy from public spaces is one thing. Our history is another.

#arlington-national-cemetery, #cemeteries, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #gettysburg-pa, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government

Tiny Love Stories: ‘I See the Worst of Myself in Her’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

#cemeteries, #dating-and-relationships, #grandparents, #love-emotion, #modern-love-times-column

New Yorkers Are Backsliding on Social Distancing

Many are disregarding rules, prompting state officials to threaten to reinstate restrictions to guard against another wave of coronavirus infections.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #new-york-city, #weddings-and-engagements

Resisting Lockdown, Nicaragua Becomes a Place of Midnight Burials

The country is one of the last to reject the strict measures introduced globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Families say they are paying the price.

#cemeteries, #central-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #managua-nicaragua, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #pan-american-health-organization, #pneumonia

The Pandemic Upends Islam’s Holiest Month

Zoom calls and socially distant food drives have replaced family gatherings and community prayers.

#bangladeshi-americans, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #ramadan

Keeping a Distance, From Everything but Nature

As warm weather beckons, New York City residents are slowly venturing back outdoors. We suggest some spots families can enjoy while staying safe.

#birds, #brooklyn-nyc, #cemeteries, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #inwood-hill-park-manhattan-ny, #jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-queens-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #prospect-park-brooklyn-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #snug-harbor-cultural-center, #staten-island-nyc, #urban-areas

French Muslims Face a Cruel Coronavirus Shortage: Burial Grounds

For many immigrant families, the pandemic has halted the tradition of repatriating bodies to their country of origin, and finding a plot in France has become ever more difficult.

#africa, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #france, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam

‘There’s No Way We Can Bury or Cremate Them Fast Enough’

Bodies are being stacked in trucks and gravediggers are working around the clock as the coronavirus crisis overwhelms New York’s system for burying the dead.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #funerals-and-memorials, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york

How Covid-19 Has Forced Us to Look at the Unthinkable

The coronavirus hasn’t just caused misery in New York City — it has also reminded many of the suffering that was already there.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #defense-and-military-forces, #funerals-and-memorials, #new-york-city, #prisoners-of-war

How Ecuador’s Port City Became a Coronavirus Epicenter

Ecuador took early aggressive measures to stop the coronavirus, but ended up becoming an epicenter of the pandemic in Latin America. How? We revisit the first confirmed case and what led to the disease’s spread.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #ecuador, #epidemics, #guayaquil-ecuador, #hospitals, #latin-america, #madrid-spain, #quarantines

No Military Honors, Few Mourners and B.Y.O. Shovel as Coronavirus Funerals Disappear

Graveside military honors are halted. Virtual memorials are common. And some cemeteries are asking the few people allowed at burials to bring their own shovels.

#cemeteries, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #funerals-and-memorials, #national-funeral-directors-assn, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications