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Join Us for Old Asylum History Days

Asylum Hill Project will host Old Asylum History Days, a special event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, at the School of Health Related Professions on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson.

From 1855 to 1935, the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, renamed the State Insane Hospital in 1900, operated on the site of what is now UMMC. The Asylum Hill Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is collecting stories of the descendants of patients and employees at the Old Asylum as well as long-time area residents who may have memories of the Old Asylum buildings and grounds.

Did you have a relative who was a patient or employee at the Old Asylum? Do you have photos of your relative or of the Old Asylum? Did you live in the neighborhood and remember the old grounds and buildings? We want to hear from you, and you’re encouraged to attend.

This free event is open to the public and will include the following activities for attendees:

  • Have your stories about the Old Asylum recorded to video.
  • Enjoy presentations about the history of the Old Asylum and plans for the Asylum Hill Project.
  • Learn how to archivally preserve your own family photos, documents and memorabilia.
  • Receive free high-resolution scanning of your photos and documents.
  • Receive free archival sleeves for your photos and documents.
Sign up ahead of time or just drop in!

To sign up for the event, email or call (601) 984-6790. You can also share your story through our web portal.

Asylum Hill Project is pleased to present Old Asylum History Days in conjunction with the following institutions.

Asylum Hill Project logoNational Endowment of the Humanities logo

 This event has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.