The Lives they Left Behind

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, staff members found a door tucked under the rafters of an attic. Prying it open, they found rows of wooden racks, packed with almost 400 suitcases of all shapes and types – men’s on the left, women’s on the right.

The suitcases were untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before being committed to the institution.

These contents were then made into a traveling exhibition documenting the lives of those who had stayed there.

It’s depressing.

See the exhibition here.


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