This St. Patrick's Day might have new meaning for 10th-graders who have been studying the Irish Potato Famine of the 1800s in their global history class at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning High School in Staten Island, N.Y. The students completed case studies and essays about the famine, then heard from state Rep. Joseph Crowley, the son of Irish immigrants. Crowley chatted with students about the area's ties to the famine, telling them Irish immigrants who had fallen ill en route to the U.S. were kept at a Staten Island hospital. He also talked about how an unmarked mass grave of famine victims, which was recently discovered in St. George, will be interred next month.
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