graveToday our office, as well as our board and other disability advocacy groups, are going to the abandoned cemetery of the old Frankfort “Institute for the Feeble-Minded” to clean and decorate the unmarked graves.
From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, thousands of people with disabilities were housed at this facility, which was cited for abusive, filthy conditions.
Although it’s one of the state capital’s oldest cemeteries, it is just now being recognized by the state Historical Society, which pretty much sums up how much regard is given still yet to people with disabilities. Although people worked on a daily basis with the individuals, many of them children, who died there, they lack headstones with even their given names. Hopefully, their souls will be remembered and honored today.
“Let us remember the past so that we do not repeat it in the future.”