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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Central State Hospital

 
 
Central State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, August 21, 2021
1. Central State Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Central State Hospital traces its origins to a mental health hospital for African Americans established ca. 1866 by the Freedmen's Bureau at Howard's Grove, near Richmond. The Commonwealth of Virginia assumed control of the facility in 1870. In 1882 the City of Petersburg purchased the Mayfield plantation here for $15,000 and transferred the property to the hospital's board of directors. The hospital relocated in 1885 on completion of the new physical plant, which continued to expand during the 20th century. The facility provided mental health care to nonwhite Virginians until it was desegregated in the mid-1960s.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I-6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 37° 12.95′ N, 77° 27.016′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is
Central State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, August 21, 2021
2. Central State Hospital Marker
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at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 1) and 7th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on West Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26317 W Washington St, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edge Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Southside Virginia Training Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.9 miles away); Central State Hospital Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Mattoax (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 1.2 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Central State Hospital".
 
Additional keywords. mental healthcare
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Sep. 29, 2022