BK cemetery discovers connection to Titanic victim
More than 100 years after the Titanic sank into the Atlantic Ocean, staff at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn recently learned one of the victims is buried there.
Sante Righini was an Italian immigrant, and one of the 1,500 people who lost their lives when the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912.
The 28-year-old was a servant returning to New York with his employer, Ella White, who was a wealthy widow.
According to records from his funeral, his sister, who lived in Brooklyn at the time, said he almost survived the disaster but let someone else board a lifeboat at the last minute.
His sister buried him at the Evergreens Cemetery, where she was also later buried.
The cemetery staff tells News 12 they only learned of Righini's story from a British researcher named Trevor Baxton.
They say Baxton is compiling a book of burial plots for all the Titanic victims.
The cemetery staff say they are looking to locate descendants of Righini's sister and after learning his story say they plan to make the site more visible to the public.