Iowa School for the Deaf school marks 20th memorial service

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A school for the deaf in Council Bluffs has held its 20th memorial service for deceased students and staff buried on its campus.

The Daily Nonpareil ( ) reports that Shirley Hicks held a memorial service for the former Iowa School for the Deaf members Tuesday as she told stories about each of the 10 people who were buried on campus between 1879 and 1900.

Hicks is a former student and teacher at the school, and she now works as a volunteer to preserve the institution’s history.

The graves were moved in the 1950s to accommodate the widening of a nearby highway. Today, the remains have been relocated to a common casket on the school grounds and marked with a monument. Nine of the headstones are preserved in the school’s museum.

Information from: The Daily Nonpareil,

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Iowa School for the Deaf school marks 20th memorial service

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