Grave Robbing 101 - Atlas Obscura

New York, New York

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the Financial District's cemeteries and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th-century body snatcher—today!

Though Trinity and St. Paul’s churchyards still stand in the Financial District, two centuries ago there was a graveyard on nearly every block in the area—and they were a smorgasbord for grave robbers. At Grave Robbing 101, you’ll wander the district and hear the stories of these lost cemeteries and the body snatchers who haunted them, including tales of anti-grave robbing riots (featuring many of our founding fathers), skull thieves, mummy unwrappers, phrenologists, murderers, unsolved mysteries, and a whole lot more—including enough tricks of the trade to help you launch YOUR career as an 18th-century body snatcher TODAY!

Adam Selzer, host of the Cemetery Mixtape podcast and author of more than a dozen books on strange history, has been running “Grave Robbing 101” tours for Atlas Obscura in Chicago for years, and now brings them to Manhattan. 

Meet at 7:30 p.m. at 2 Rector Street (across from George’s at Greenwich and Rector, which is right at the Rector stop on the 1, R and W trains, and very near the 4 and 5 Wall Street stop). We will end at St. Paul's Church, a couple of blocks north on Broadway. 


  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • The event has limited ADA access. Pavement will be available, but we might also be walking off the path in the grass.
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras.


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