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[Memorial Park in Texas City]

Description: A view of the reflecting pool at Memorial Park. A monument stands at the far right, but the wording on the monument is not readable. In the background is a truck with four men working on landscaping around one of the walks.
Date: 1960~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Memorial Park in Texas City]

Description: A view of the reflecting pool at Memorial Park taken near the walkway and monument. Across the road can be seen houses and businesses.
Date: 1960~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s]

Description: An aerial view of the Nessler swimming pool. Many people are in the pool. A few people are on or near three sets of bleachers along the side of the pool. To the left of the pool is a tennis court with about ten people playing or watching tennis. A bus and a truck are parked near the building near the front of the pool. Approximately 20 cars are parked in a cleared lot near the street. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Nessler Pool" (early 1950's)
Date: 1952~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: An honor guard carries in a coffin topped with flowers at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The honor guard is composed of both veterans and civilians. A large crowd watches as the coffin is brought in.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: A large crowd gathers at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A clergyman is speaking from a temporary dais, surrounded by funeral wreaths while other clergymen, including a Catholic priest, and acolytes stand to the right of the platform.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: An honor guard is placing a coffin in its designated location at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The coffin is being placed in the 8th spot of the 2nd row. Seventeen other identical coffins topped with flower sprays are already in place. A large crowd is gathered for the service, standing outside the roped-off area. On the back of the photograph is written: "Caskets were arranged in 3 rows - on either side of location of fountain - six rows all together Mass funeral 22 Jun 47."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: Three identical coffins topped with flower sprays await burial at the mass funeral service for unidentified victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. A group of five mourners gather near a coffin. Outside the fenced-in area, a number of people are gathered. At the far right a man stands on top of a truck. Just inside the fence on the far left is a man holding a camera. On the back of the photograph is written :"Mass funeral held June 22, 1947 at Memorial Cemetery - land that was purchased for the purpose of burying unidentified dead."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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]

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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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]

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."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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"
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Mourners near the caskets at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of identical caskets topped with sprays of flowers are waiting for burial at the interdenominational funeral services conducted at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947 for victims of the 1947 Texas City. Persons walk between the rows, and a large crowd is visible in the background. On the back of the photograph is written: "Mass funeral 6/22/47 Inter-denominational".
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rabbi Louis Feigon speaking at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rabbi Louis Feigon speaks into a standing microphone on the temporary speakers platform at the mass burial services on June 22, 1947. Other clergymen and three acolytes stand off the dais on the right. One funeral wreath stands on the dais, while other wreaths stand behind the speaker's platform. A large crowd of people wearing military uniforms or dress clothes stand behind the roped-off area. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Ministers representing Protestant, Jewish & Catholic faiths share in leading the funeral service June 22, 1947. 5,000 people."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library