Day 72

Jimmy Walker Park

March 11th, 2012

There are about 10,000 bodies interred beneath this playground, which was built on top of St. John's Burying Ground. The one remaining trace of the cemetery is the monument above, which was originally placed at the graves of Eugene Underhill and Frederick Ward, two young firefighters who died in 1834 when a building collapsed on them. This monument has since been moved to an out-of-the-way corner of the playground, where it went unnoticed today by a nearby group of twentysomethings wearing aviator sunglasses and playing bocce in between swigs from their brown-bagged beer cans.

One Comment

  1. Ian Edgar says:

    Were they aviators? Or were they wayfarers?

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