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Memorial Placed at Cook Co. Indigent Burial Site

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A monument has been dedicated at an indigent burial site in suburban Chicago where thousands of unclaimed or unidentified bodies have been buried.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart took part in Wednesday's ceremony at Homewood Memorial Gardens.

Some 13,000 people were laid to rest at the site between 1980 and 2012.

Preckwinkle said the memorial stone "will grant dignity to the final resting place of so many individuals who otherwise might be forgotten."

The monument was donated by a company in Milwaukee.

An inscription reads: "This monument is dedicated to the deceased of Cook County who were poor or forgotten — may their souls rest in peace."

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