For hundreds of years, people with psychiatric, neurological, and medical conditions
were often removed from society, sent to live out their days in state run facilities.
From 1888 until 1973, 1,994 people who died and weren’t claimed were buried in one
of two cemeteries, their graves identified by small concrete blocks marked only with
the number of their burial. Even these anonymous grave markers were eventually lost
underground after decades of neglect.
This website provides historic and genealogic information to all those interested
in hospital and cemetery history.
We would love to hear from you at email@example.com if you have information,
photos, artifacts, stories, are researching family members, or are interested in
volunteering or donating toward this worthwhile project.
Photo: Toledo State Hospital Old Cemetery from Arlington Avenue
"The character of a culture is judged by the way it treats its lame, its halt and
its disabled." Margaret Mead [ Robinault, ‘Sex, Society and the Disabled’ (1978)]
TSHCRP is a grass roots organization that welcomes donations to support our efforts
to restore the State Hospital cemeteries. Tax deductible donations can be made to
NAMI of Greater Toledo. For more details see our Donating page.
If you are interested in donating time, money or equipment to help us with this project,
please contact us. Remember, we are part of a 501(c)3 organization.
If you would like to donate time or equipment to help us complete this transformation
and raise awareness of the state hospital in the process, please contact us.
In 2005, The Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project (TSHCRP) began working
in cooperation with the University of Toledo and Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital
to restore the two cemeteries associated with Toledo state Hospital and proclaim
the honor due the people buried there. Grave markers are being located and raised
above ground, monuments and a bench have been installed and more recently a foootpath
has been installed.