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Photos from: New York Burying its Covid-19 Dead on Hart Island, Says New York Medical Examiner

The first burials on Hart Island were those of 20 Union Army soldiers during the American Civil War. On May 27, 1868, New York City purchased the island from Edward Hunter, who also owned nearby Hunter Island, for $75,000. City burials started shortly afterward.In 1869, a 24-year-old woman named Louisa Van Slyke, who died in Charity Hospital, was the first person to be buried in the island's 45-acre public graveyard. The cemetery then became known as "City Cemetery" and "Potter's Field".

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