Week#4: Racist origins: Central State was built to imprison Black people in nightmarish conditions.


This article is about Central State Hospital. A mental institution in Virginia that was built with the sole purpose of house “insane and idiotic colored persons”. This article talks more about the opinions of white Physicians and how they thought about mental illness in enslaved and newly freed African-Americans. Similar to how Galt thought about mental illness in African-Americans, other Physicians at the time believed that the rise in “insanity” in “colored persons” was due to newly found freedom. With given task and busy labor to occupy them slaves would fall into “madness”.