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Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dorothea Dix

 
 
Dorothea Dix Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
1. Dorothea Dix Marker
Inscription. Pioneered to establish this first mental hospital in New Jersey in 1848. She was later Chief Nurse in the Union Army.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 14.464′ N, 74° 48.317′ W. Marker was in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker was on Sullivan Way 0.2 miles north of U.S. 29, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker was near Gate 2 of the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Marker was in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08618, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Hopewell Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); John A. Roebling (approx. ¾ mile away); Ellarslie (approx. 0.9 miles away); Briar Patch (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mercer County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Swamp Angel (approx. one mile away); Cadwalader Park (approx. one mile away); The Hermitage (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. There are large evergreen scrubs that are obscuring the marker.
 
Regarding Dorothea Dix. The main Administration Building of Trenton Psychiatric has a display on Dorothea Dix in
Dorothea Dix Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
2. Dorothea Dix Marker
its lobby.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dorothea Dix. Perhaps one word that captures Dix is "tireless." (Submitted on December 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Dorothea Dix, Army Nurse. As Superintendent for United States Army Nurses, Dix had some exacting standards. "All nurses are required to be plain looking women. Their dresses must be brown or black, with no bows, no curls, no jewelry, and no hoop-skirts." (Submitted on December 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Dorothea Lynde Dix image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. Dorothea Lynde Dix
This 1868 portrait of Dorothea Dix by Samuel Bell Waugh hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1861, Dorothea Dix was appointed superintendent of women nurses in Washington, D.C., a title she would hold without salary for the next five years. On the brink of sixty, dour in temperament, and disciplined in her work, Dix was totally dedicated to her task. The qualifications she set were harsh even by the standards of her day: ‘All nurses are required to be plain looking women. Their dresses must be brown or black, with no bows, no curls, no jewelry, and no hoop-skirts.’ And she would consider no woman under age thirty.

Dix worked throughout her life to improve con­ditions for the mentally ill. Her pioneering efforts established many institutions, such as St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C., the hospital that commissioned this portrait. ” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,438 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Jessie Vaccaro of Ewing, Nj,08618. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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