Western State Hospital headstone replacement October 5, 2009Posted by Crazy Mermaid in Mental Hospital, mental illness, NAMI.
Tags: Mental Hospitals, mental illness, NAMI
In the late 1800’s through mid-1900’s, mentally ill were buried at a cemetery across the street from Western State Hospital (WA), a repository for the mentally ill. Back in those days, the graves were identified by numbers rather than names. How appropriate that during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 4 thru 10) The Seattle Times chose to run an article about the efforts now underway to put names to those numbered headstones, and to replace those numbered headstones with the names of the bodies buried there. To read the article, go to this link http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/reader_feedback/public/display.php?thread=191147&offset=0#post_865950.