Niagara Gazette

Local News

June 11, 2012

People Inc. embarks on project

Niagara Gazette — Staff and volunteers from People Inc., Western New York’s largest human services agency, will soon be hard at work restoring the Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery on Niagara Street Extension in Lockport. James M. Boles, president of People Inc., received permission from county officials to begin this project, the fourth institutional cemetery in which the agency has been involved.

Boles will conduct a presentation about the history of the project to a Buffalo State College Anthropology class at 8:30 a.m. today at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Juron Conference Room, 5526 Niagara St. in Lockport.

The cemetery recorded burials from 1830-1912 and estimates that more than 1,400 people who resided at the Niagara County Almshouse are buried there most with anonymous graves. The burial grounds, above the former location of the Almshouse or Poorhouse, are quite overgrown with vines and bushes. 

Professors and students from the Buff State Anthropology Department will use ground penetrating radar to determine the exact location of the cemetery. The ground-penetrating radar machine will help locate remains and determine boundaries of the cemetery.

Records will be transcribed from the Niagara County Historian’s Office and the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., to create a searchable database. People Inc. will install a monument and hold a Ceremony of Remembrance at the conclusion of the project.

Research has shown that the individuals of the Niagara County Almshouse were considered “sick, insane and crippled.” It is one of the first institutions of care that were provide to people with disabilities, said Boles. The restoration endeavor is an example of the strides that have been made in the treatment of people with disabilities and to acknowledge their history.

“We have completed cemetery restoration projects in two Gowanda cemeteries and installed a monument in Perrysburg,” he said.

The Niagara County Division of Buildings and Grounds, the Aktion Club and many other volunteers will be assisting with the project. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dave Mack-Hardiman, director of Training, at dmack@people-inc.org or (716) 629-3606.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results