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Mob burns the New York State Quarantine buildings on Staten Island

Attack on the Marine Hospital Quarantine Establishment, Staten Island, New York, September 1, 1858
09/01/1858 to 09/02/1858
Over two nights, a mob of residents of Staten Island, New York, numbering up to a thousand, destroyed the buildings of the Marine Hospital there. The facility was the main state immigrant quarantine hospital for New York and the local population had long feared the danger of infection from the quarantine center and its immigrant patients. The attackers and the staff removed all the immigrant patients, numbering around a hundred, from the buildings before the arson took place and there were no injuries or fatalities. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1859), 383.
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