|10:45:31 PM - Tue, Jun 4th 2013
|Cemetery for inmates of the State Hospital for Mental Diseases|
|Insofar as I am aware, there are two cemeteries associated with the Howard complex, formerly the State Hospital for Mental Diseases and the State Infirmary, now called the John O. Pastore Center.
One is at the corner of Knight Street and Pontiac Ave in Warwick. It is a potter's field; the stones are numbered concrete pillars, or else wooden crosses. There is a small, gravel parking lot out front, and the cemetery is accessible to the general public.
The other I have only heard about. To the best of my knowledge, it is located in the woods very close to the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI). In fact, if anyone has the coordinates or better information, I would be grateful to know precisely where this burying ground is.
Chances are, the second cemetery is practically identical to the first, in that there are no names on the grave markers. If your grandfather died in custody of the state and his remains were not claimed by friends or relatives, he may indeed have been buried in one of these cemeteries but it would be nearly impossible to know where. A patient identification number would be needed, at least.
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Does anybody know if there is a cemetery for inmates at the State Hosptial of Mental Disease? I believe my grandfather died there sometime in the 1940s.