- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Civil Liberties Union says families will soon be able to visit the graves of loved ones buried on a small island off of New York City.

The civil liberties union said Wednesday it has settled its class-action lawsuit against the city over access to Hart Island. About a million people who were poor or unknown are buried there.

The federal lawsuit described the island’s cemetery as the largest indigent burial ground in the United States.

The NYCLU says that under the agreement, family members and guests will be permitted to visit Hart Island graves one weekend a month for the next year. The city will provide ferry service to the uninhabited island.

A city Law Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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