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Surprising Find On The Grounds Of U-B

Hayes Hall of the campus of the University of Buffalo (StatPaige@Flickr)

The skeletal remains of as many as 150 people and their coffins were recently uncovered on the University of Buffalo South campus by work crews replacing sewer lines.  It turns out the campus is on the grounds of what used to be the Erie County Poor House where destitute individuals would live.  When they died they were buried on the grounds behind the building.  That building, now known as Hayes Hall, was renovated 100 years ago and still stands.

U-B officials apparently knew about the bodies but were never sure exactly where they were until they were uncovered.  The graves were never marked and there’s no way to know who the people were.  The remains were taken for burial at Forest Lawn.

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