Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Walk In Darkness

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Pennhurst Insane Asylum in Spring City, PA is one of those places that I have wanted to visit and photograph. It was a 1,400 acre campus built in 1903 and originally known as the Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic.  In 1986, local CBS10 correspondent Bill Baldini reported about the deplorable conditions in a 5 part series called “Suffer the Little Children“.  The allegations of abuse led to the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, a federal class action, Halderman v. Pennhurst State School & Hospital.  Terry Lee Halderman had been a resident of Pennhurst, and upon release she filed suit in the federal district court on behalf of herself and other residents of Pennhurst. Pennhurst was finally closed on December 9, 1987.

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