In Memory of the Forgotten


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On this Memorial Day, I’d like to remember the hundreds of people held in public institutions, sometimes for decades, for being poor or mentally ill, back in the 1800’s. During that time, Rochester had an insane asylum,  almshouse, and penitentiary on South Avenue, near Highland, around where the Vietnam memorial is now.  When the inmates died, they were buried in unmarked graves on the grounds. This graveyard was forgotten until 1984, when a bulldozer, landscaping the park, uncovered them.

Almost 300 skeletons were removed and re-interred in Mt Hope Cemetery, where a marker now stands.



If you’d like to read more about this grave site, click here.

Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.

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