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The Hart Island Project

Imagine a cemetery on an island where the only people to be buried there were either homeless, destitute, unwanted by their families, or from families unwilling to provide them a funeral service, or babies of mothers without the means to provide a proper burial, or even those who died from AIDS. 

Now imagine that this cemetery for the past 150 years has been under the control of the Department of Corrections (Penal System). Where prisoners dig mass graves and are responsible for burying up to 150 adults per grave. And if you want to visit someone buried there you must first make an appointment in advance, and then be taken by prison transport to the location, and watched over by a prison guard armed with a gun.

Welcome to Hart Island, New York.

Over the coming weeks I will be featuring more on this incredible story. A story that is developing right now, and a story that thankfully has a champion. A champion who is fighting to change the way this cemetery is governed, maintained, and perceived by millions of New Yorkers and indeed Americans. And what's even better, is the fact that this champion is winning.

I was lucky enough to interview this champion. Her name is Melinda Hunt. In the coming weeks I will share my interview with Melinda with all ACCA members.

In the meantime, here's something to get you started.

An introduction to Hart Island




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