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Memorial Ministry for Indigent Persons. : Memorial Ministry for Indigent Persons Records, 1984-1997

Clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, and programs of an organization started in 1984 by W. Earl Lewis, a Roman Catholic layperson, to establish an annual interfaith memorial service for those who died poor and alone. Records document Lewis' struggle for support prior to the first service in 1986, and contain information about 1995 heat-related deaths, pauper burials at Homewood Memorial Gardens, and mass burials at the former site of the Dunning State Mental Hospital and poor farm.
Extent: 1 linear feet - (2 boxes)
Subjects: Chicago, Social Action
Call Number: Midwest MS Memorial Ministry
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This collection is open for research: a printed inventory is available in the library's Modern Manuscript Collections notebooks.