September of 2002, I was invited to attend the Danvers State
Memorial Committee's cemetery dedication. It was held on the
highlands portion of the property behind the Gray Gables. It
was a large event complete with a full catering service, planting
of flowers and a bell ringing ceremony in which every patient's
name was read from a list that was buried on the grounds. Many
patients told their story and shared their experience during
their stay at the hospital. Some were very open and wished the
hospital was destroyed while others still admired the architecture
and enjoyed seeing it again. It was an honor and privilege being
there. It was day that was long overdue.
Unfortunately, due to patient confidentiality, I cannot show
all the photographs and video footage I took that day. Maybe
someday in the not so distant future I can share them with the
public. Until then, here are a couple pictures from the memorial.