Central Islip State Hospital & Cemetery

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Central Islip State Hospital served the counties of New York and Richmond.
The Central Islip Cemetery Restoration Project.
1916 Central Islip State Hospital.
Central Islip State Hospital – OPACITY

“On February 28, 1896, by act of the Legislature, the New York City asylums for the insane were transferred to state care, under the name of the Manhattan State Hospitals, with three divisions, namely: Manhattan State Hospital East (male department), Manhattan State Hospital West (female department), on Ward’s Island; and Manhattan State Hospital at Central Islip for both sexes. At that date there were 30 buildings at Central Islip. In 1912, not including a group of four in process of construction, there are 118.”

For some time now, I have heard the same talking points from the New York State Office of Mental Health about how the release of patient names of those who have been dead for over a hundred years may be offensive to some families, especially those “who live in small towns.” This is the dumbest statement I have ever heard considering that close to half of all the inmates who were incarcerated in insane asylums during the nineteenth century were newly arrived immigrants. Hopefully bill S2514-2013 will be become a law soon and will include provisions for a searchable database similar to those at The Hart Island ProjectMaybe the Inmates of Willard, and the former patients of all New York State Hospitals and Custodial Institutions will finally be next.

I have created a page for each state hospital and custodial institution cemetery that I know of in the hope that some group: historical societies, former patients, concerned citizens, may be interested in forming their own cemetery restoration, beautification group in order to memorialize and honor the people buried in anonymous, unmarked graves. Of course, we need the names of these people to be released in order to memorialize them properly. There appears to be a group that is trying to memorialize former patients. The Central Islip Cemetery Restoration Project.


6 thoughts on “Central Islip State Hospital & Cemetery

  1. I have also hit a brick wall in regards to my Great Grandfather, shows up on the 1950 census as a patient at the Central Islip State Hospital. He would have been 67 years old. No records in any death index, do not know what year he died, assuming at the hospital. I hope the legislation gets passed. The families deserve to know the fate of these descendents. There are less controls and safeguards on our national security.


  2. Pingback: Manhattan State Hospital & Cemetery | The Inmates of Willard 1870 to 1900 / A Genealogy Resource

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