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Title [Moravian Cemetery crew]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1900
Description Original B&W print on cardboard mount. Group portrait of 21 men and boys seated and standing outdoors in three rows; most of the men wear hats. They appear to be on and in front of a horse-drawn vehicle, as the horse at left appears to be harnessed to something hidden behind the men. Another man is partially visible at far left, standing by the horse's head. Seven men are in the front row; five of the men are seated on upside-down buckets, one man is kneeling, and one man is seated on the ground. Eight men stand in the second row. Six men are seated in the third row, probably on the vehicle. Handwritten inscription on reverse of mount: "Moravian Cemetery Crew / circa 1900."
(Keywords: New York)

Print size 4.5 x 7.750
Ownership and History The Moravian Cemetery, located on Richmond Road in New Dorp, is the largest cemetery on Staten Island. The men in this photograph are likely the workers who assisted with burials, using their wooden buckets to hold dirt that was taken from the ground and then filling in the graves around and over the caskets.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Cemeteries
Group portraits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.1273
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.