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A press release with many details on the history of the area is posted after the jump.Honoring the past while embracing the future Elected officials, community leaders, Metro honor those buried in long abandoned potter’s field discovered during Eastside light rail construction A memorial wall honoring poor immigrants and others from the last century, whose remains and artifacts were discovered in unmarked graves outside Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights during construction of a retaining wall for the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, was unveiled today in a ceremony headed by elected officials, community leaders and Metro executives.The burial sites, some dating to the 1880’s – were located in what was a potter’s field.Metro did exhaustive historical research to try to identify the remains –many of them Chinese immigrants –and locate modern day relatives with limited success.
Today, I am pleased that we are honoring these early laborers who helped build Los Angeles by righting an historic wrong.” The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, which opened on November 15, 2009, began construction in July 2004.
The new extension is a six-mile extension to East Los Angeles via Little Tokyo/Arts District and Boyle Heights with eight new stations, two of them underground.
There was a fairly sizable ceremony held today at Evergreen Cemetery to dedicate a memorial wall for remains of immigrants found during construction of the Eastside Gold Line Extension.
The remains were first discovered in June 2005 at First and Lorena streets in Boyle Heights.
Construction was halted and ultimately archeologists identified 174 burial sites, along with many artifacts dating back to the 1880s.