Project Helps Locate Lost AIDS Victims Buried On New York's Hart Island05:35
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In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 photo, white markers, each indicating a mass grave of about 150 people, are displayed on Hart Island in New York. (Seth Wenig/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 photo, white markers, each indicating a mass grave of about 150 people, are displayed on Hart Island in New York. (Seth Wenig/AP)

There's an island in New York City just off the Bronx that's used to bury the dead who are unclaimed, called Hart Island. During the AIDS epidemic when not much was known about the disease, many people who died of AIDS and whose bodies were unclaimed were buried there.

They were segregated to a certain spot, out of fears that the dead would contaminate the area. Many families never knew about their loved one's burial site.

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins speaks with Melinda Hunt, director of the Hart Island Project, an online database of people buried on Hart Island that's trying to change that.

This segment aired on July 10, 2018.

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