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CEMETERY PROJECT
Restoring the dignity of people who are buried in numbered but unnamed graves at Developmental Centers and other institutions

Placing FlowersWe believe that a plaque should be put up at every cemetery on institutional grounds in NY State where people with developmental disabilities are buried in unnamed graves. The plaque should name all of the individuals buried there and their date of birth and death. We support a general plaque with all the names as opposed to an individual grave marker for a number of reasons but most importantly because a general plaque acknowledges the people who are buried at a cemetery and preserves the historical treatment that people received, which is something that we as a society can never forget or undo.

TomThe plaque should be enhanced with a flowerbed and a prominent announcement board that lists a website (see below) where people could find out more information about the history of institutions in New York.

We also feel that friends and families of people buried at these cemeteries should be encouraged and allowed to place gravestones with names on their loved one’s graves.

PriestWe support the development of a website and museum exhibit based on the theme “We can never forget”, that details the history of people’s lives in various New York State institutions and developmental centers, including information about the fact that people were buried in unnamed graves.

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