Grave Marker

Description (Brief)
For many years, this grave marker marked the final resting place of Bertha Flaten in the cemetery at Faribault State School and Hospital in Minnesota. Flaten spent much of her life in an institution because she had a seizure disorder. When she died in 1905, her grave was located by a number rather than her name or dates. This stark record-keeping practice was common in state institutions across the country. Former patient in-mates, their families, and descendants have been replacing such markers with proper recognition, in an effort to restore their humanity.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
ca 1905
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Minnesota, Faribault
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 34.5 cm x 20 cm x 19 cm; 13 9/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 7 1/2 in
ID Number
2000.0016.01
accession number
2000.0016
catalog number
2000.0016.01
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Diers, Lee Flaten and Jane D. Wong
subject
Disabilities
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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