"It's a very fascinating story, and it's worth telling and sharing," she said. "I'd like to have the history documented, have the recognition given to those who were buried there and a memorial in their honor."

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Crownsville Hospital Center

1910: State authorizes construction of the Hospital for the Negro Insane.

1911: First patients arrive at Crownsville. They grow their own food and help build the hospital's first buildings.

1912: Name of the facility changed to Crownsville State Hospital.

1948: First African-American employee hired.

1949: "Maryland's Shame" series of articles about poor conditions in state mental hospitals in The Baltimore Sun leads to construction of new buildings.

1955: Patient population peaks at 2,719.

1963: Hospital is integrated.

2003: Patient population is 210.

2004: Hospital is closed, with patients and many employees moved to other state hospitals.

Source: Maryland Government, Baltimore Sun archives