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Potter's Field


Currently, the largest population on Hart Island consists of the disenfranchised dead. 

Potter's Field was established in 1869 when a 24 year-old woman was interred on the island because no one came forward to claim her body. 

By the end of the first year, nearly 2,000 more burials occurred.

  At this time, there are approximately 700,000 people, many of them infants, buried on Hart Island.

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Text, images and page design by NYCHS June 15, 2000 tour participant Michael Harling,
author of Origin of the NYS Bureau of Identification.