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Oregon mental hospital to honor its 'forgotten souls'

By Associated Press in Salem, Oregon ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-09 07:33:53

They were dubbed the "forgotten souls" - the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital and died there. Their ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns.

Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed, the remains became a symbol of the state's - and the nation's - dark history of treating the mentally ill.

A research effort to unearth the stories of those who moved through the hospital's halls, and to reunite the remains with surviving relatives, takes center stage on Monday as officials dedicate a memorial to the once-forgotten patients.

Oregon mental hospital to honor its 'forgotten souls'

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