Pat was outraged at the lack of dignity and respect for the cemeteries and organized a meeting of other ex-patients. About sixty former patients and allies met in February of 1998 and agreed that these forgotten and neglected cemeteries were a disgrace. The abandoned cemeteries with numbered markers sent a message of disrespect to former, current and future clients of the Department of Mental Health. The group vowed to restore the cemeteries. We called ourselves the Danvers State Memorial Committee. In this photograph you see our first rally, held up at the Danvers State in June of 1998. Marie Balter and Bill Capone, both ex-patients of Danvers State, told their stories and emphasized the importance of restoring and properly memorializing the two cemeteries.
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