published Sunday, August 4th, 2013

After 15-year search, Nashville mom finds son in pauper's grave

For 15 years, Sylvia Nolan searched for her son, only to find him in plot #555 surrounded by a thousand others who died broke and, sometimes, broken.
For 15 years, Sylvia Nolan searched for her son, only to find him in plot #555 surrounded by a thousand others who died broke and, sometimes, broken.
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

In a graveyard filled with those who died with no money and sometimes no family, he died with even less.

His gravestone simply read, “John (19) Doe.”

He was the 19th unidentified man buried in the Bordeaux Cemetery. He lies in plot #555, a grave overlooking the Whites Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. And around him lie 1,001 others who died penniless and, in some cases, unmourned.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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