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Potters Fields to Parks

The New York Times City Room reports on an actual 210-year old gravestone that was found when workers were digging in a section of Washington Square Park. Once a burial site, the land was covered to become a military parade ground and then to its current use as public park. The remains of up to 20,000 people are said to be lying underneath the park, but this is the first discovery of a headstone. Many of the nation’s very old urban parks were either burial, military grounds or common spaces for animal grazing the the like before they were parks. This is a quick and interesting history on one of those parks.

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