One of my passions is…

…documenting the history of consumer/survivor/ex-patients. The image to the rights says a lot about the indiginities of institutional care e.g., "modern" toilets may represent progress, but lack of privacy remains dehumanizing.

Our story is largely untold and over the years I have collected many fascinating stories, artificats and media clips about our struggles and triumphs. I think that individual recovery is intimately tied to our collective recovery and social justice. Telling our collective story in our own voice is why this aspect of my work is so important to me. My goal is to add my collection of historical media and documents to this website as I find the time.

The history of racially segregated care…

…is largely undocumented. Here is a picture of "work therapy" (picking cotton) for patients at the Eastern Asylum for the Colored Insane in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

I had the pleasure of working with Vanessa Jackson to begin documenting the history of segregated care for African Americans.

I also worked with Pemina Yellow Bird to document the history of segregated care for First Nations People at the Canton Asylum in South Dakota.

You can also visit my website about state hospital cemetery restoration. It's not up to date, but it has many interesting photos and facts.  Or, watch my documentary Remember My Name: State Hospital Cemetery Restoration (watch online)