The Heart of Louisiana: Central Louisiana State Hospital Memorial

Authorized by Act 92 of the 1902 Louisiana Legislature

Central Louisiana State Hospital Memorial

At the Central Louisiana State Hospital Memorial in Pineville, many of those who were treated for mental illness and have died at the hospital are now buried in unmarked graves. Throughout the early 20th century, the hospital often treated its patients harshly, as some were locked in chairs, confined to holding pens or forced to sleep in crowded dorm. Today, despite having remains of nearly 2,000 people, only a select few people have named markers. A cemetery preservation group is working to raise enough money to honor the late patients by erecting a series of monuments.

Courtesy of Find A Grave
Courtesy of Find A Grave

For more information on efforts to create a memorial, click here.