This is my Duffy's Cut Placemat. During the summer of 1832 57 Irish laborers were hired, by Philip Duffy, to lay mile 59 of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. All 57 men suddenly died from, what was reported at the time to be, cholera. Most of them were buried and forgotten in a mass grave along the tracks they laid. In 2009, a team unearthed the remains and discovered that several of the men were probably killed by blunt force trauma to the head. They also discovered that a few of the men had suffered bullet wounds to the head. It is now believed that they were the victims of the prejudice that many Americans held towards Irish immigrants at the time, and were murdered by locals out of fear of the spread of disease.