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There are ghost tours and investigations but there are other interesting points about this cemetery that may warrant a visit if you are in Indianapolis. John Dillinger the bank robber and Dr Richard Jordan Gatling the inventor of the Gatling Gun are buried at the cemetery that has been used for the last 150 years, it was dedicated in June 1864 and is set like many of the Victorian cemeteries of it’s time.

Community Hill sits next to the larger more commercial part of the cemetery and is not so well advertised, most likely due to the sad history attached to it. It is where the poorer side of the city rested and were left for those widows, orphans and people with little to their name at the time. They are the ones who are either unrecorded or have had their histories erased.

Along the buried are 700 children in graves that are unmarked, they were unwanted by anyone alive and even in death have been left neglected. They came from three public orphanages – Indianapolis Children’s Asylum, the Board of Children’s Guardians Home and the Asylum for Friendless Colored Children all between 1892 and 1980. More than half were boys, two thirds were white and they range from a few months to 15 years old.

It is worth noting that many of them were likely brought to these places in ill health, neglected and suffering malnutrition. These already dire situations were then made worse due to the situation they were left in.

Click here to get a link to the memorial for the children that has been established.