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3pm Silent City Memorial Dedication at Bluff City Cemetery

September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT

When Bluff City Cemetery opened in 1889, many of the graves and monuments from Channing Street Cemetery moved to this location. When there were no family members to pay the cost of moving the graves, the remains stayed at Channing. When they started to dig the foundation for Channing School in 1968, many remains surfaced during the digging and were brought to Bluff City for re-burial in a common grave. Although the City of Elgin buried the remains, a memorial marker was never placed on the site. Local Elgin historian Steve Stroud and author of the booklet, Silent City: A History of Elgin’s City Cemeteries, was working towards creating a marker before he died earlier this year. With the funds received in memory of Steve, his vision of a memorial headstone for those buried in the common grave will become a reality.

Join Elgin History Museum to dedicate a granite memorial marker in memory of the remains buried in the common grave area in Bluff City Cemetery. A tree and bench will also be dedicated in memory of the late Steve Stroud. 

Illinois State Representative Anna Moeller, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and Elgin’s Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn will speak. Cake and coffee will be served


September 14, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bluff City Cemetery
945 Bluff City Boulevard
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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