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Buried anonymously in 1832 near Pa. railroad, 5 Irish laborers re-interred in Philly suburb
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (AP) ' The remains of five Irish immigrants killed while building a Pennsylvania railroad in 1832 have been re-interred in a cemetery in a Philadelphia suburb.
The immigrants were among 57 hired to help build a stretch of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad known as Duffy's Cut. They lived in a shantytown by the rails in current-day Malvern, about 20 miles west of Philadelphia.
Researchers say the workers were first buried in unmarked graves after they were murdered by prejudiced local vigilantes. Their skeletons were found only recently. Historians Bill and Frank Watson and their team worked for years to find, identify and properly re-inter the remains.
On Friday, they were re-interred during a funeral at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd (KIN'-wid). Kevin Conmy, deputy ambassador for the Irish embassy, says there's a sense "justice has been done."