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

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."

Physical Description

1 photograph : b&w ; 7.5 x 9.5 in.

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. June 22, 1947.

Context

This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2006 and was provided by Moore Memorial Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 556 times , with 8 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Moore Memorial Public Library

The Moore Memorial Public Library documents the local history of Texas City and surrounding areas. Because of their work in preserving historical materials, they received the Rescuing Texas History grant.

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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."

Physical Description

1 photograph : b&w ; 7.5 x 9.5 in.

Notes

A mass funeral service for unidentified victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster was held in Memorial park on June 22, 1947.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

Rescuing Texas History is a project that aims to digitize at-risk photographs, maps, artwork, and more. Funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

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  • June 22, 1947

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Added to The The Portal to Texas History

  • April 13, 2006, 10 a.m.

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  • July 23, 2007, 9:40 a.m.

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[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster], photograph, June 22, 1947; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11622/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Moore Memorial Public Library.