I live not a block away from the Marshall Habilitation Center. That is what it is called now. Bill Green in another post gives a better history of the Institution then I can. I made a copy of it for you.
A little history as I know it. At the turn of the 20th century, the place was known as the Colony for the Feeble Minded, or some such wording. It later became the Marshall State School and Hospital for the Mentally Retarded. Now, it is known as the Marshall Habilitation Center.
The place was a "dumping ground" for youth during the depression. If the State could not figure out what to do with them, they were sent to the institution. Many normal children were placed there. Orphans, unruly kids, borderline retards, etc. The normal kids growing up with the lower functioning people was not a good thing. It was not a good place. It was the States answer to a problem they did not want to face. Does this sound familiar?
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