Remembering Titanic Passengers at Woodlawn Cemetery
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April 15, 2017 marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is "home" to twelve passengers from the ill-fated ship. That's the most of any cemetery in the United States. Some died during the tragedy, while others survived and were later buried at Woodlawn.
The cemetery's director of historical services, Susan Olson, took us on a tour to visit the grave sites of some of the most prominent passengers. One of them was Archibald Gracie IV, the grandson of the man who built Gracie Mansion. Gracie was lauded as a hero after he rescued three sisters from the sinking ship. And Olson says one of the sisters is buried only a few yards from him.
"It just means a whole lot to me that they're buried near each other, that she got an extra twelve years of life thanks to him."
Olson adds that what she finds most interesting about Woodlawn's Titanic passengers is their relationships with each other.
"What's fascinating about Woodlawn is all these people who shared in this same event end up here together."
Woodlawn Cemetery is open to the public every day from 8:30 to 4:30.