Not Forgotten: Remembering Our Basque Ancestors

This project builds upon the initial research coordinated by Liz Hardesty to identify and mark over 100 graves of Basques who were buried in the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. These were the graves of immigrant Basques, some of whom were sheepherders, whose memory was unmarked at gravesites until that research project revealed the names and burial locations of over 60 Basques interred at this cemetery. Another 60 or so names were found, but their exact placement at this cemetery has yet to be determined. Although some were infants born in Boise to Basque parents on American soil, all of these Basques were placed to rest in the United States, not in the homeland of Euskal Herria. Boise Basque Dorothy Bicandi Aldecoa generously donated funding to install gravesite markers of those who were known due to extensive research, and she also funded a large commemorative monument at the cemetery in St. St. John’s Section where many Basques have been – and continue to be buried. The monument to “our Basque ancestors” at the cemetery demonstrated permanent respect for these Basques who were buried in Idaho.


Ahaztu Barik Cemetery Cemetery Meorial Clergy SJ1 SJ2 SJ3 SJ4 SJ5 SJ6 SJ7 SJ8 SJ9 SJ10 SJ11 SJ12 SJ13 SJ14
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Clergy content is managed here.