A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries

Director: Trina Lopez
Format: 16mm optical sound film, color
Length: 46 minutes, 16 seconds
Year of Production: 2004

Following the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, San Francisco rose from its own ashes to become one of the liveliest cities in America. How is it that it also managed to banish nearly all of its dead? A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries exhumes the hidden history of how this modern metropolis managed to systematically relocate nearly all of its burial grounds to make room for the living. Through recollections of residents who remember these forgotten graveyards to reflections on present-day conflicts that pit the living against the dead, A Second Final Rest reveals an astonishing chapter in the history of the American West in which those who settled the City by the Bay were unceremoniously sent packing long after they had passed from this world to the next.
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