Grave Marker

Grave Marker

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
grave marker
Date made
ca 1905
place made
United States: Minnesota, Faribault
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
overall: 34.5 cm x 20 cm x 19 cm; 13 9/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 7 1/2 in
overall: 24 in x 24 in; 60.96 cm x 60.96 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Diers, Lee Flaten and Jane D. Wong
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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