Wednesday, October 28, 2009

210-year-old gravestone found in Washington Square Park

Construction workers found a three-foot-tall sandstone marker as they dug below Washington Square Park yesterday: a 210-year-old gravestone, the writing still clear.

“Here lies the body of James Jackson,” the inscription declares, “who departed this life the 22nd day of September 1799 aged 28 years native of the county of Kildare Ireland.”

A glorious treasure, surely. More on the story here.


Anonymous said...

Interesting to think about the departed of 200 years ago, which leads the mind to wonder about 200 years hence. What preserved remains will be found and who will be here to find them? What will the future bring - that is what this story says to me. What does it say to you?

Andrea Janes said...

It makes me wonder: who will be the first person to Tweet, "I'm dying now, so long"?