This Asylum Near Philadelphia Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten

While we have much to be proud of in Philadelphia, there are a few things that we wish never happened. Sadly, in the 1900s, horrific treatment of the handicapped, orphaned, immigrants, and mentally ill is a dark piece of American history, and some of these appalling human rights abuses existed right in our own backyard.

At the same time that eugenics were practiced in Nazi Germany, sterilization experiments were being conducted on epileptic patients in New Jersey. While the country fought for civil rights, the mentally ill were tormented in prisons that were more terrifying than any nightmare.

Pennsylvanians were not immune to the horrific conditions I am talking about – in fact, the Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Spring City was one of the most torturous places in the entire country and, equally disturbingly, it stayed open through the mid 1980s. Pennhurst Asylum has a dark and evil history that we will never forget.

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What do you think? Should Pennhurst be restored into a memorial, or is the haunted attraction simply a way to spread the story of a place too often ignored?