AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — The state corrections department says the bones of about 150 prisoners from the 19th and early 20th century have been removed from a central New York backyard and reburied in a prison cemetery.

Corrections officials tell the Citizen of Auburn ( ) that the remains were buried in the cemetery at Marcy Correctional Facility during an ecumenical ceremony recently.

A homeowner in Auburn found the remains last summer while digging to install a fence in his yard. The Cayuga County Historian's Office determined the land had been a burial ground for Auburn Correctional Facility inmates between 1873 and 1909.