The Navy Yard’s Naval Hospital Cemetery in the Southeast corner of the yards received the bodies of an estimated 2,000 sailors, marines, civilians, and run-away slaves while active between 1834 and 1910.
Currently, it is overgrown with weeds and wild grasses.
My little O reported on Nov 6th that plans are underway to “transform the 1.7 acre Navy Hospital Cemetery…into a serene landscape,” specifically making it a “wild flower meadow” surrounded by an elevated boardwalk.
The space remains sacred, of course, and so “there will be no ground disturbance.” As part of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (read more about the BGI here), design firms have been hired to “restore native plants” as well as work with plants currently growing there.
The plans also include the addition of a memorial to commemorate those buried there.
No date was given for the completion of the plan. Read more about the plans here.