372 Nameless Dead, Exhumed in 2012, Are Headed Back to the Grave

A black and white photograph of the Erie County Almshouse and Hospital, before it became Hayes Hall.  (Photograph from Buffalo Medical Journal, 35 (1896): p.107  University Archives Photograph Collection/UA 20DD)

If you are familiar with Hayes Hall on UB’s south campus, you may recognize it in the photo.  This story began there.

It will look and sound much like a traditional funeral:  prayers, hymns, a Bible reading – even a bagpiper.

But when members of the University at Buffalo community gather on campus Wednesday to pay their respects, the ceremony will be unlike any other.

That’s because the 372 men, women and children who will be remembered during the service are still unknown by name.

They died more than 100 years ago and were buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of the Erie County Almshouse.
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