Issue Proclamation creating National Monument to honor Dorothea Dix
The imminent sale of the 608 acres that remain of the former Dorothea Dix Hospital campus endangers historic buildings and a patients’ cemetery. Pleas to preserve part of the site to benefit those in NC with mental illness go ignored by the Governor and the Mayor of Raleigh.
Dorothea Dix is a person to be emulated today.
Dix visited the poor and found them chained and neglected in jails and prisons. She used her first-hand experiences to successfully lobby North Carolina’s legislature to found its first asylum in 1859. A National Monument honoring her Legacy of advocating for persons with mental illness would not preclude the use of part of the campus for a City Park.
Because time is of the essence, it may be that only by creation of a National Monument can historic preservation be included in the plans for the future of the former hospital’s campus. The Council of State (state-wide elected officials) can approve the proposed plan for developing a park at any time.
By signing this petition, I agree that President Obama should issue a proclamation under the Antiquities Act creating a monument in Raleigh to honor Dorothea Dix and her legacy.