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Mystery of St. Joseph statue uncovered

After conflicting accounts, workers find its resting place

For 64 years, the 12-foot tall statue of St. Joseph watched from beneath the ground as the city of Salem bustled and grew above it.

Local lore had it that the stone colossus was buried somewhere beneath the site of the old St. Joseph Church on Lafayette Street, but the people who said they knew exactly where it was were wrong, said Lisa Alberghini, who runs a Catholic nonprofit that is building a housing and retail development on the plot where the church used to stand.

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