NATIONAL MONUMENT TO HONOR DOROTHEA DIX

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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.

SAMPLE LETTER TO
Representative
U.S. House of Representatives
and 2 others
President of the United States
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov President Barack Obama
Create a National Monument to honor Dorothea Dix and her Legacy

We the undersigned petition the Federal Government and the President of the United States to honor the life and legacy of Dorothea Dix. We request the creation of a National Monument in her honor on the site of the former Dix Hosptial in Raleigh, NC, which she was largely responsible for founding.

Because of the need to protect the historic McBride Bldg. and the patients’ cemetery, there is a special need for intervention before the state of NC and the City of Raleigh allow the destruction of these important parts of the Dix Campus.

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