Prayer service held for poorhouse deceased
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A prayer service was held for more than 80 people who were buried on the Onondaga Community College Campus more than a century ago when the location was Syracuse's poorhouse.
Among the 80 remains were three children. They're the bodies of Syracuse's homeless. They were originally buried between 1826 and 1840.
The remains were dug up during the college's renovations in 2010. They were reburied at Loomis Cemetery in Syracuse September 26th.
Friday, a prayer service was held in their honor at the true final resting place.
"I think it's a very good thing. I think it's very appropriate in the sense that it shows as human beings our care and concern for others. So I think that's important that these bodies were moved and given a proper burial in this place," said Rev. John Manno.
OCC renovated Syracuse's poorhouse in 2010 and turned it into John H. Mulroy Hall.