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    7,000 bodies could be buried on UMMC campus

    7,000 bodies could be buried on UMMC campus
    May 6, 2017
    Jerry Mitchell
    The Clarion-Ledger


    Up to 7,000 bodies are buried on 20 acres of the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus. They are former patients of state's mental institution, built in 1855. UMMC is exploring the possibility of placing the remains in a memorial.



    Experts estimate up to 7,000 bodies are buried on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus.

    They are former patients of the state’s first mental institution, called the Insane Asylum, built in 1855, and underground radar shows their coffins stretch across 20 acres of the UMMC campus, where officials have wanted to build.

    But those officials have faced a steep cost — $3,000 to exhume and rebury each body, as much as $21 million total.

    Now UMMC is studying the cheaper alternative of handling those exhumations in-house, at a cost of $400,000 a year for at least eight years. It also would create a memorial that would preserve the remains with a visitors’ center and a lab that could be used to study the remains as well as the remnants of clothing and coffins.

    Dr. Ralph Didlake, who oversees UMMC’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, believes the lab would be the first of its kind in the nation — giving researchers insight into life in the asylum in the 1800s and early 1900s.


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    Sounds like the beginnings of a horror movie script. Poltergeist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest .

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