For hundreds of years, people with psychiatric, neurological, and medical conditions
were often removed from society, sometimes for a lifetime. In Toledo, many were
sent to the state hospital to live out their days. From 1888 until 1973, those who
died and weren’t claimed were buried in one of two cemeteries. 1,994 people who had
been forgotten in life were also forgotten in death, buried in graves identified
by small concrete blocks marked only with the number of their burial.
This site provides historic and genealogic information to all those interested in
hospital and cemetery history.
We would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thank you to all who took part in our annual memorial celebration on May 18. Photos
to follow soon.
Even these anonymous grave markers were eventually lost underground after decades
of neglect. The city grew up around the cemeteries, and the people buried there were
In 2005, The Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project (TSHCRP), under the
auspices of NAMI of Greater Toledo. TSHCRP began working in cooperation with the
University of Toledo (the owner of the properties which contain the cemeteries) and
Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (previously known as Toledo State Hospital).
to restore the two cemeteries 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 followed by a footpath in the near future, and families are finding
their lost ancestors.