Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and by people of Hispanic ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many Latin American nations.
The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating deceased loved ones so dressing up is probably a good idea because your beloved departed loved ones are there with you in spirit. We all have to look nice.
I've never been a fan of skeletons, perhaps because they are such straightforward symbols of death. Todos Somos Calaveras.
Cemeteries tell stories. Of abolitionists and suffragists. Of criminals, spies and yellow fever epidemics. Of tragedy, opportunity and lost love. Potter Field is no exception. Hart Island is mostly about indigents. The forgotten folks who have fallen off The Big Apple.
They say over a million people have been buried in mass graves on Hart Island. The following is a collection of some of their stories. Through an interactive map, we are invited to explore the island with all its stories. By clicking on a plot number you can access records of individuals buried at that location.