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January 13, 2015: A new Facebook page to celebrate the 134th anniversary of Abraham Ulrikab’s death

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Today, January 13, 2015, being the 134th anniversary of Abraham’s death, we thought it would be the perfect occasion to launch a new Facebook page dedicated to Abraham’s tragic story. Also entitled “In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab”, we will be sharing on this new page all the latest information about the book, about the efforts to repatriate the Inuit’s bones from Europe to Labrador, and about the different related projects that have (or will eventually) stem out of our research. If you have information, photos, or thoughts that can contribute to increase our common knowledge of this story, please do not hesitate to jump in and share what you  know. It will be greatly appreciated.

Abraham was not the only one to die on January 13, 1881. Twenty-year-old Tobias also passed away that same day. He died at 2 a.m. while Abraham deceased at 6 p.m. The two men were survived by Ulrike, Abraham’s 24-year old wife, who was the last survivor out of the eight individuals who had left Labrador in late August 1880. She died on January 16, 1881. They had been preceeded by 13-month-old Maria (January 10), and 45-year-old Tigianniak (January 11). The five Labrador Inuit who made their way to Paris (the group had lost three other members in Germany) died in the smallpox unit of the Saint-Louis Hospital. Their death records show that they died at 40 rue Bichat street, the address of the main entrance of the hospital. Here is an illustration of that main entrance.

Main entrance of the Saint-Louis Hospital, 40 Bichat street, Paris

Main entrance of the Saint-Louis Hospital, 40 Bichat street, Paris. Built under Louis XIV. (Source: Biusanté. Original image)

The building still stands even though it no longer is the site’s main entrance.

40 Bichat street, which used to be the Saint-Louis hospital's main entrance.

Entrance at 40 Bichat street as seen today (2013)


We hope that you will find this new Facebook page most useful. Don’t hesitate to spread the word and invite friends and family who have, or may have, an interest in following the latest developments related to the story of Abraham Ulrikab. Thank you!

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