SC State Hospital Cemetery records
In 1822 the cornerstone was laid for the Mills Building on the South Carolina State Hospital grounds. Now the property is being redeveloped but their are records for patients who first entered the facility beginning in 1828. The patient records can be a valuable genealogical tool. They are not accessible online, however, a "how to" guide for accessing the records from the South Carolina Department of Archive and History or the South Carolina Dept of Mental Health is available through the Dead Librarian links below.
Click here for the SC State Hospital Cemetery Survey index, a list of the nearly 9,000 patients (black and white) who were buried by the State Hospital on State Hospital property.
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Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness is a social history of the perceptions and treatment of the mentally ill in South Carolina over two centuries. Examining insanity in both an institutional and a community context, Peter McCandless shows how policies and attitudes changed dramatically from the colonial era to the early twentieth century. He also sheds new light on the ways sectionalism and race affected the plight of the insane in a state whose fortunes worsened markedly after the Civil War. Antebellum asylum reformers in the state were inspired by many of the same ideals as their northern counterparts, such as therapeutic optimism and moral treatment. But McCandless shows that treatment ideologies in South Carolina, which had a majority black population, were complicated by the issue of race, and that blacks received markedly inferior care. By re-creating the different experiences of the insane--black and white, inside the asylum and within the community--McCandless highlights the importance of regional variation in the treatment of mental illness. less...