Graveside Remembrance Day Ceremony Honors State Hospital Patients

Sep 18, 2019

September 17, 2019 — There is an anonymous mass grave at the Russian River Cemetary in Ukiah, for the unclaimed remains of patients who died at the Mendocino State Hospital in Talmage, which was open from 1893 to 1972. Monday was the 17th annual Remembrance Day Ceremony for the unknown number of people buried all across California, some in mass graves like the one in Ukiah, and some in small neglected cemetaries. Several people at the ceremony spoke about relatives whose names they never knew, only that they had been committed. We’ll hear a little bit about efforts to find out the names of those who died in institutions, and modern-day efforts to integrate people with intellectual disabilities into their communities.