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Daily Mail: Identity of perfectly preserved black woman found in NYC buried in an iron coffin wearing knee-high socks is revealed to be …

… 26-year-old who died from smallpox in 1851 and was laid to rest in church founded by first generation of free African-Americans

  • Construction workers in 2011 discovered the human remains buried under an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York
  • The body was in such good condition they called 911 fearing a homicide
  • But forensic experts discovered she was actually born before the Civil War and died in 1851
  • She was identified as Martha Peterson, daughter of John and Jane Peterson, prominent figures in Newtown’s newly created free Black community
  • Martha worked for coffin maker Fisk & Raymond – the same company that made Martha’s iron coffin which kept her preserved for 150 years
  • She died aged 26 from smallpox and her lesions were still visible

Read full article here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6224537/Secret-identity-150-year-old-woman-buried-iron-coffin-New-York.html

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