The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., will host a grand opening of a brand new exhibit, the Monument for the Forgotten, on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m., 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. This exhibit highlights the Museum's local efforts to restore local unmarked and desolate institutional cemeteries and pays homage to over 2,000 local individuals who died in the area institutions only to be left in unmarked graves and now-abandoned cemeteries.
With the help of numerous volunteers and third parties, The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. have undertaken a massive restoration project to restore the grave sites and bring awareness and closure to the families of these lost individuals. In doing so, there are a number of local individuals who have learned of family members they did not previously know about.
A feature of the exhibit includes an art piece by local artist Brian Nesline, owner of Faces of Buffalo. The exhibit also features in-depth information on the graveyard restoration project, as well as a scrolling list of names of the individuals whose graves have been recovered.
Volunteers and businesses who have assisted with cemetery restoration efforts will be honored. Additionally, a panel discussion entitled “Institutional Cemetery Restoration - Why We Restore,” will be held.
The grand opening is a free event. For more information, call 716-629-3626.
The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.