Here is another example of a group, Committee for the Preservation and Enhancement of Central Louisiana State Hospital Cemetery, that wants to memorialize the people who lived and died at CLSH and were buried in anonymous, numbered graves. Because of the HIPAA Law, they are not allowed to release any of the names, but are allowed to put them on a memorial. If a family member wants to know if their loved one is buried there, they can only confirm or deny. They are prohibited in stating that these people were patients.
To bring back the dignity of the almost 3000 souls buried on the Central Louisiana State Hospital Grounds.
A group of people brought together by Mr. Ray Moreau who are dedicated to preserving the cemetery on the grounds of Central Louisiana State Hospital.
The committee’s goal is to place a memorial with the names of each of the almost 3000 souls bured at the Central Louisiana State Hospital Cemetery, to have the cemetery recognized as a dedicated cemetery and establish a perpetual fund for the ongoing care of the cemetery in the future.
Donations to preserve the Central Louisiana State Hospital Cemetery can be sent to:
The Extra Mile
PO Box 3178
Pineville, LA 71361-3178
Call 318-484-6575 for more information.
I wish them the best of luck! At least the graves are marked, although they are only numbers and buried under grass. Sadly this isn’t an isolated problem.