“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Potter's Field Cemetery

Potter's Field Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kent Salomon, July 8, 2012
1. Potter's Field Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The land was originally part of 80 acres owned by Jacob W. Conroe who built a sawmill at Manitowoc Rapids in 1856. In 1914 the farmland was purchased by Manitowoc County and the ground set aside as a free burial place for poor destitute and unknown persons. The cemetery contains 85 recorded burials interred between 1918 and 1973. Among those buried here are infants, old age pensioners, and a Lake Michigan sailor. The names of all, except ten, are known.

The name "Potter's Field" is of Biblical origin. After Judas Iscariot returned the 30 pieces of silver he had recieved for betraying Jesus Christ, the high priests of Jerusalem would not deposit it in the temple treasury since it was blood money. Instead, they bought a potter's clay field as a cemetery for foreigners. The term was widely used in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries for public burial grounds of unknown persons, criminals and the poor.

The Potter's Field grounds were improved and headstones restored by a Beautification Committee of local concerned citizens in 1995. The large granite Memorial Marker was dedicated on May 20, 1996.
Erected 1996 by Manitowoc County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 5.723′ N, 87° 41.654′ 
Potter's Field Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kent Salomon, July 8, 2012
2. Potter's Field Cemetery Marker
W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker is on Meadow Lane west of Broadway Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3831 Meadow Ln, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. County Hospital Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Military Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Court House and Jail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Wampum or Mexico (approx. half a mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); G.A.R - H.M. Walker Post 18 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sexton House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manitowoc.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kent Salomon of Manitowoc,, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kent Salomon of Manitowoc,, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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