A post several months ago told the story of dozens of Irish immigrant railroad workers who perished in 1832 in rural Pennsylvania, in a place called Duffy's Cut. Buried in a mass grave, they were long thought to have been victims of anti-immigrant vigilantes, a theory that has gained credibility in recent years after researchers unearthing their bones found signs of trauma.
Five men and one woman - believed to have been a washerwoman - were reburied on Friday with a ceremony in a Pennsylvania cemetery; another man, believed to have been named John Ruddy, will likely be reburied in a family plot in Ireland once tests confirm his identity.
It's a haunting story from a time when Irish immigrant laborers faced harsh discrimination, one that still resonates. The Irish Times interviewed William Watson, the historian who led the dig along with his brother, and has some details about the laborers' arrival in the U.S. long ago: