Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
Street: a couple blocks south of 21st street around and under the sewer treatment plant
Nation: United states
Zip: 53405 or adjoining
Directions: On the lakefront under and surrounding the sewer treatment plant
Features: There are only a couple small pine trees .
Gravestones: Before the (partial) removal and destruction of large portion there was originally around 1400
Oldest: I've uncovered an obelisk that was dated 1855 but reports say it was the resting place of many of the early settlers of this area which began in the late 1830's.
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Contacted: When I found the 1855 obelisk I immediately informed the construction company assuming they would do the right thing and instead the discovery was somehow covered up the next day trying to conceal it.After that my friend whom I showed it to the night I found it was angered at the attempted concealment told the mayor and the newspaper.Still nothing was done and they tried to pass it off as a discarded headstone.Then I contacted a friend of mine who is a local historian which is where I obtained most of my information from doccuments and newspaper reports of the past 70 years.
Originally many of the early settlers to this area.I've heard rumor of a possible list but as of yet haven't seen or acquired it.
This cemetary HAD around 1400 burial sites.In a 1928 Racine Journal article.The city removed squatters that lived there supposedly to make a city park.At that time the cemetary was in bad shape and there were reports of graves washing out of the hillside and general neglect.In the 1930's the area was chosen for the site of the sewer treatment plant. The city claimed they moved the remains of the buried to mound cemetery.However there are only around 400-500 reported to have been moved.Where the other 500-1000 minus the ones that were actually displaced due to erosion (without the help of an earth moving machine)is not on report.There have been numerous accounts after the supposed relocation by the city and sewertreatment plant of skulls and pelvises turning up during later excavations on the treatment grounds and in areas the earth was taken to as landfill.Information about the plants construction says the bluff was originally 25ft.above the lakes water level and it was lowered to 7ft.and extended out into the lake with the rearranged earth(and most likely burial remains).I have an 1883 map that shows the location of the cemetery and part of the area is undisturbed but no headstones remain.I am trying to find out how I would go about getting permission to locate and properly relocate or protect the remaining graves.Any leads would be greatly appreciated.Time is of the essence due to a newer and larger sewer treatment plant is currently under construction.
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name: Jeffrey Friso
Date: november 15 2002