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 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2006
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A large crowd watches as honor guards carry in the caskets of unidentified victims of the 1940 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947, at Memorial Park. Identical caskets decorated with floral sprays are lined up in rows. An honor guard carries in a casket to start the fourth row. On the back of the photograph is written: "Mass burial - June 22, 1947 - unidentified remains - 63 indiv caskets attended by 5,000 people 197 Loop North/ 29th Street outside city."
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Identical coffins decorated with floral sprays are lined up on the porch of the temporary morgue building at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock. Four men dressed in suits carry one coffin to waiting hearses. On the back of the photograph is written: "This is a scene at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, where the unclaimed bodies were stored in cold storage awaiting identification. The individual caskets were loaded into individual hearses loaned by over 50 funeral homes in southeast Texas. The man carrying casket on right front is John Irwin's brother - don't know name."
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Carrying in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Carrying in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: An honor guard of three military men and one civilian carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for the victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. Rows of identical coffins are lined up at the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals near the coffins and each casket is decorated with a spray of flowers. A large crowd is gathered for the ceremony. In the background, round storage tanks and refinery structures can be seen.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Clergymen prepare for the mass burial services for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Clergymen prepare for the mass burial services for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Clergymen from several faiths and acolytes stand near a platform and microphone waiting for the mass burial services to start on June 22, 1947. To the left stand funeral wreaths. Behind the clergymen can be seen a tall cross on a staff held by an acolyte. A large crowd stands behind the roped-off burial area.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]

[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Pall bearers, or an honor guard (at least two of the men seem to be in uniform), carry in the casket of an unidentified victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947. Two rows of identical caskets have already been brought in and two more caskets stand in a third row. A small group of clergymen awaits the casket. A large crowd of people stand behind a fence or spectator ropes on three sides of the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals around the caskets. The tops of parked vehicles are visible behind the crowd. In the far distance can be seen some refinery facilities.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[An honor guard carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[An honor guard carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Two honor guards composed of military and civilian pallbearers carry in coffins at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. On both sides of the pathway, veterans and other men line the walkway. A large crowd has assembled for the service.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[An honor guard carrying in a casket at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[An honor guard carrying in a casket at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: An honor guard including two civilian and two military pallbearers carry a flower-draped casket at the mass burial service on for the victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster on June 22, 1947. Two rows of veterans standing at attention line the walkway. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "Honor guard (Veterans?) casket being borne to burial site."
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Four men load a casket into a hearse in preparation for the the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. At the far right, another man reads a piece of paper in front of another hearse, with a partial license plate of "MORA HE 3 Tex"
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Loading a casket into a hearse for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Loading a casket into a hearse for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Four pallbearers load a decorated casket into the back of a hearse in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The license plate on the hearse is FT 3925 Texas - 47. A row of hearses is parked near the building at Camp Wallace being used as a mortuary.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Mourners at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Mourners at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: June 22, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A row of caskets each bearing a funeral spray of flowers rests on boards at the grave site, evidently after the mass burial services for the victims of the Texas City Disaster. Six mourners are gathered standing or kneeling near the caskets. Behind them, funeral wreaths stand in front of a mound of dirt. Outside the fence, mourners return to their cars. A dump truck waits in the background.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library