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At least 7,000 bodies of former insane asylum patients could be unearthed on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, experts have reported.
UMMC officials first began to discover the scores of unmarked graves in 2013 during renovations at the school. That year, 66 coffins were found during construction for a road on the sprawling 164-acre campus.
In 2014, during work on a parking garage to the east of the dental school, roughly 3,000 more coffins were discovered through underground radar.
Estimates for the number of bodies have now reached as high as 7,000, and the coffins could be spread across 20 acres of the campus
The reason behind UMMC's mass network of forgotten graves dates back to 1855, when the state's first mental institution was built in the very same spot that university buildings now stand.
The Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum was created to give patients a better quality of life; until that point, people suffering from mental illnesses could often be chained in jails and attics to keep them away from others.
After this weekend's discovery, experts are hoping to create a lab and visitors center to study the remains and garner important historical information from even the coffins and clothing. A memorial would also be built to pay tribute to the former patients.
originally posted by: GuidedKill
originally posted by: network dude
And where are we at today with regards to mental health?
LOL, about a mile down the road from there. Sad.
in the process of digging a bigger hole unfortunately.....
Known as the "White House Boys," these 300-some men were sent as boys to the reform school in the small panhandle town of Mariana in the 1950s and 1960s. They have joined together over the years to tell their stories of the violence administered in a small building on the school's grounds they knew as the White House.