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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: May 4, 2016



WHAT: Gov. Jack Markell will join other dignitaries in unveiling and dedicating a monument honoring hundreds of former patients of the Delaware State Hospital who are buried in the hospital's Spiral Cemetery on the grounds of the Department of Health and Social Services' Herman Holloway Campus near New Castle. The ceremony, which will include the dedication of a Delaware Historical Marker, will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 (rain or shine). The cemetery, which was active from 1891 to 1983, contains 776 graves, noted only by granite markers. The Friends of the Spiral Cemetery Committee has been working to clean up and restore the cemetery, and to honor those buried there. Artists from the Creative Vision Factory have created a monument that includes the names of each person buried in the cemetery matched to the number on their marker. All of the individuals buried in the Spiral Cemetery were patients at the Delaware State Hospital - now known as Delaware Psychiatric Center - except for three hospital employees and two babies.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 (rain or shine).
WHERE: Near the Spiral Cemetery, Department of Health and Social Services' Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle. Cemetery is at the rear of the campus near the Springer Building.
WHO: Gov. Jack Markell Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Ed Kee, Department of Agriculture State Sen. David McBride State Rep. J.J. Johnson Larence Kirby, Executive Director, Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs Artists from the Creative Vision Factory Other dignitaries and speakers
DETAILS: To learn more about the Friends of the Delaware State Hospital (Spiral) Cemetery Committee, go to at www.delawarerecovery.org/spiralcemetery

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