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Please join the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and Friends of Virginia’s Central State Hospital for a reception to review and discuss the exhibition of selected documents and artifacts from Central State Hospital’s extensive archives.
Central State Hospital was the first state mental hospital created in the United States in 1870 exclusively for Black Virginians. It remained segregated by race until passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 100 years of segregation resulted in the creation of thousands of documents, photographs, and public policies maintained by the hospital. Attendees will have an opportunity to see and hear details about the Hospital’s historical origins and its 100 years of segregated psychiatric services.