June 9, 2022

Episode 87 - Paupers' Graves & Potter's Fields

Episode 87 - Paupers' Graves & Potter's Fields

Most cemeteries, both old and modern, contain a section often referred to as a Potter's field. In this episode, Dianne and Jennie discuss the history of Potter's fields and gravesites. From Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois to Hart Island in New York City, New York to quiet graves throughout England and Ireland, Many of these fields and gravesites have been forgotten with time as well as the poor souls buried within them. Dianne and Jennie try to remember the Ordinary Extraordinary people who are often ostracized in life and forgotten in death in this episode of The Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast.

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Resources used to research this episode include:

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