Memorial Service Planned for Duffy's Cut Railroad Workers
West Laurel Hill Cemetery, where five sets of remains were laid to rest, will mark a year since the burial.
On March 9, 2012, the remains of five railroad workers remains from Duffy's Cut were interred in West Laurel Hill Cemetery. The non-denominational cemetery, located in Bala Cynwyd, recently announced plans for a memorial service this Saturday at 2 p.m. to mark the anniversary of the burials.
Watch a video of the 2012 memorial ceremony here.
William Watson, chair of the History Department at Immaculata University, and his brother, Frank, will participate in the service Saturday. The brothers were behind the digging effort that unearthed the bodies as part of an investigation into the deaths of an estimated 57 Irish railroad workers at the Malvern site in 1832. The men—and at least one woman—reportedly died of cholera, though the Watsons suspected foul play was involved.
Earl Schandelmeier of Immaculata University and the Donegal Society will also be at the service, according to a press release issued by the cemetery.
West Laurel Hill Cemetery is located at 225 Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.