Long-awaited restoration for Potter's Field
For decades, Potter's Field in Yaphank had been forgotten, but now the historic site where 1,000 people had been buried since 1800 is receiving the dignity it deserves.
Lt. John Whitehead, of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, says prisoners, indigents, homeless and chronically ill people were being laid to rest at the site until as recently as 1950.
Under the auspices of the Sheriff's Department, inmates from the Riverhead Jail are now restoring the neglected burial plots.
"One of our inmates that was working for us said it best: 'these people probably did not have that much dignity in life, so let them have a little dignity in death,'" Whitehead says.