Establishing Monuments

                                       Gray monument with man kneeling engraved and flowers on each end
The CMP is in the process of placing monuments at all of the sites where people from state hospitals and developmental centers were buried.  The first monuments were placed at several sites in Stockton to memorialize people who died while living at the Stockton Developmental Center, which closed in 1996.  When the location was converted to the campus of the California State University (CSU) – Stanislaus, 42 sets of remains were discovered during construction and reinterred at the Stockton Rural Cemetery, where a monument was placed in 2008.  A dedication ceremony was held on campus upon the completion of these monuments in June of 2008. There are pictures from an article at:
Black boulder monument

Also in memory of Stockton residents, a monument was placed next to the fountain at the university and a plaque was placed over the area where the remains were uncovered on the university campus.


At the Russian River Cemetery in Ukiah, monuments were placed in 2010 on two separate plots of land where individuals were buried.Two grey monuments honoring people that died at Mendocino State Hospital





On the former grounds of Camarillo State Hospital (which closed in 2002 and is now the campus of the California State University – Channel Islands), a plaque was placed near the building that used to be the old canteen.  The plaque was donated by Ivy Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Ventura, where many of the people who died while at Camarillo State Hospital were buried.  Flowers planted around the plaque were donated by CMP volunteer Laura Rasey Miller.



In October 2011, a monument was placed on the cemetery grounds of Patton State Hospital. patton monumentSome of the inscriptions on these monuments declare:

“Let no person ever again be removed from the community by reason of disability…. Let us honor their memory by reclaiming and healing our past…  Let no person ever be laid to rest without recognition.”

All of these monuments were paid for by private donations and fundraising efforts by the CMP.  As more funding becomes available, the CMP will place monuments at the remaining burial sites throughout California.


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