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Buried anonymously in 1832 near Pa. railroad, 5 Irish laborers to get funeral, cemetery grave
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (AP) ' The remains of five Irish immigrants slain while building a Pennsylvania railroad in 1832 are being re-interred in a cemetery near 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.
Ireland's ambassador to the U.S. is among the dignitaries expected at the funeral Friday at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd (KIN-wid).
Historians Bill and Frank Watson and their team worked for years to find, identify and properly re-inter the remains of 57 Irish workers who died mysteriously near the tracks in Malvern, Pa.
The Watsons believe cholera killed many of them, and that most of the bodies were dumped in a now-inaccessible mass grave.