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ISD Cemetery & Main Building

April 12, 2010

By Jimactor

Summary: Visited Illinois School for the Deaf cemetery in Diamond Grove cemetery, Jacksonville, IL. Around 89 deaf students buried, but some of their families took their children to other burial sites. The total is actually around 66 students remained. After visiting the cemetery, I went to Illinois School for the Deaf to visit the Main Building and gazebo.

The people who are ISD Alumni donated the money to engraved their names on the brick at the gazebo in the front of Main Building.

The Main Building is the most oldest building on ISD campus. In 1988-1989, they decided to renovate the building. It comes out very beautiful.

Categories: Deaf History, Vlog
  1. Gina
    April 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thumbs up on this video! I didn’t know there was a cemetery for ISD students. I’m guessing it was the smallpox epidemic and the reason why they were buried in Jacksonville rather than their hometown? Who maintains the bricks to make sure they’re in good condition?

  2. Its Just Jodi
    April 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Gina a couple of those kids were hit by trains too,, I remember going to the cemetary during the 150th reunion at ISD,the cemetary itself is pretty interesting ..

  3. Coloradoan
    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Very interesting! I never knew there is a Deaf cemetery in America. Now I wonder if there are some more. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ellen
    April 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Hi JIm, Fantastic job on this video!!

  5. Lilli
    April 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing the video on the History and cemetery. I never knew either that there was one locally. Great job on the video. Looking forward to seeing more.

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