Forgotten orphans remembered with grave marker


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some long-forgotten orphans are getting their proper recognition. Children’s Service Center dedicated an Orphans’ stone on Thursday at Hollenback Cemetery.
The permanent grave marker contains the names of 19 orphans dating back to the mid 1800’s. They died of illness and other health issues while in the care of the organization when it was named “The Home For Friendless Children”.

Those orphans were previously remembered with only simple metal markers containing the letter “H” and a number. Children’s Service Center researched each of the orphans as part of the grave dedication.

Mike Hopkins, who is President/CEO of Children’s Service Center, said “Back 156 years ago, you can only wonder what their life was like. And so to be buried without any type of ceremony, without any type of recognition… you know we’re trying to correct that today.” 

The orphans ranged in age from 18 months to 24-years-old who are now remembered with the permanent grave marker.

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