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Old 02-15-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Thumb Exploring Alabama’s Abandoned Institution for the Insane.

Much of Alabama’s hidden history still exists in many places. We just have to search for it.








Down this long forgotten driveway sits an abandoned hospital that has a controversial and somewhat tainted past.







Let's go look around.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:35 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:29 PM   #5
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Most people don’t even know this place exists. The few that do often refer to it incorrectly.






















Before we look around the grounds, we’ll examine the history of this forgotten location. It was built for the purpose of housing society's misunderstood population of the mentally deranged.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #6
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Most people don’t even know this place exists. The few that do often refer to it incorrectly.






















Before we look around the grounds, we’ll examine the history of this forgotten location. It was built for the purpose of housing society's misunderstood population of the mentally deranged.
Nice. Crazy nice. (sorry - couldn't resist)

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #7
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:24 PM   #8
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DeBandi, If this RR is half as good as your other reports, we're all in for a treat! Looking forward to it.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:25 PM   #9
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:30 PM   #10
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Hey bro, I do believe you have been stomping around in my old 'hood. My first job out of the USMC I worked at that very place.

After six months of punching their clock I decided the people in there were more normal than the people who worked there. I turned in my notice, worked out my two weeks, and jumped my butt back in college with a whole new attitude.

Bring it on.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:32 PM   #11
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:54 PM   #12
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This Neo-Colonial Style building sits on what was originally known as the Cherokee Plantation.





The plantation was owned by a wealthy southern industrialist, Robert Jemison.









The first Alabama Insane Hospital was built in 1861. The name was changed in 1900 after its first superintendent to Bryce Hospital.







With the end of the Civil War and the pressures of segregation looming, the number of African American patients increased dramatically at Bryce Hospital.



In the 1920s, Bryce Hospital became segregated and this building, the Jemison Mental Institution, was built to house the increasing numbers of African American mentally insane.










More later.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:10 PM   #13
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:34 PM   #14
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This will be good. Looking forward to seeing the interior shots of this place.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:47 PM   #15
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