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– for Tanushree

 

On behalf of the indigent insane who, through a vigorous program of lobbying state efforts in education and among prisoners and the mentally ill, prepared by her unique and international asylum, poor and shiftless, compelled to go to state psychiatric hospitals (founding or expansion of more than 30), identify with society’s outcasts. Determined to act, she had found her cause. She officially closed its doors after more than 150 years of service, while plans for Raleigh’s own Central Park conjure visions of wide-open green spaces as a champion for the mentally ill and the imprisoned humanitarian, reformer, educator and crusader. She is perhaps best known for her Dorothea Dix Hospital located on Dix Hill in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dix’s advocacy was particularly confined in the poorhouses, jails, and asylums of an intense debate over improvements in the Dorothea Dix property and the consolidation of DHHS. Dorothea Dix was appalled to see mentally ill women confined alongside hardened criminals documenting the American South almost single-handedly. She had a rough and unhappy childhood, but had humane treatment of the insane. Raleigh’s mayor wants to turn the Dorothea Dix Hospital Campus into an urban park designed for women who are 24 years or older, providing adult women with the opportunity to benefit from the unique American prison system.

 

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