SOUTH RIVER – The authorities of the districts have proven with modern technology, which is believed for decades by local traditions.
Up to 400 people were buried on a section of the Washington Monumental Cemetery without markers. Experts predict that many of these people died during the devastating flu epidemic of 1918, which killed 50 million people worldwide.
While the cemetery looks like many other local burial sites, there is part of the property that does not have any serious features. Middlesex County historical experts instituted a ground radar survey that revealed "rows of unmarked graves" in which they found hundreds of burials, according to a county statement.
By using the radar, the authorities have found what they believe have found are the bodies of adults and children. While they can not say all the deaths are due to the flu, the district authorities believe that many of the people who died at that time were buried there.
"At the height of the epidemic A quarantine has been issued for the South River and surrounding cities," said Mark Nonestied of the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History. "In many communities, they died so fast that hearses and coffins were in demand."
The county officials shared a picture from 1918 depicting a beer wagon bringing a pine coffin to the cemetery. There is a caption in the picture saying that the demand for caskets was so great that the carpenters worked around the clock to fulfill the need stories of the residents who were buried here as we can ", Freethinker Kenneth Armwood said, "Their stories deserve to be heard, and all living relatives should know that they will not be forgotten."
The research was a collaborative effort with the South River Historical and Preservation Society and The Washington Monumental Cemetery and was funded by the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, State Department. For more information, visit #uncoveringmiddlesex on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The county calls anyone who has information about the cemetery To do so, visit the Art and History office at 732-745-3030 or email artsandhis.com Calling email@example.com
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