Mental Asylums in the Past

Tales of a Hypochondriac

You learn something new every day, it seems. I’ve lived in the wonderful state of Mississippi my whole life and never knew there once stood a mental asylum forty-five minutes away from where I reside. There is a huge hospital there (just a general university), now, but after hearing about roughly 7,000 bodies being found on the campus over the course of two years, I was kind of shocked.

ASYLUM_2 Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum (photo from Mississippi State Hospital)

I, being a lover of history and old buildings, looked into it. I found that the original structure was completed in 1855 and housed thousands of patients in it’s 80 year run. It was the first Kirkbride Plan-type building in the South. In 1900, it was renamed from “Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum” to “Mississippi State Insane Asylum”. After a series of events, the director decided to move the hospital to a…

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