After 154 years, end at hand for Dix – Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — In the winter of 1856, what was then called the Insane Asylum of North Carolina admitted its first patient, a veteran of the Mexican War suffering from “suicidal mania.”

The last patient likely will be admitted at Dorothea Dix Hospital on Friday, marking the impending end of 154 years of continuous operation at the state’s oldest mental facility.

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