Up to 7,000 Bodies Buried on Grounds of Mississippi Medical Center

May 9, 2017

(CNN) – Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have known for some time that there were bodies buried on its campus. They just didn’t know how many — until now. Cultural surveys and sonar on the medical center’s campus in Jackson, Mississippi, reveal that up to 7,000 bodies may be interred there. For decades the land where the medical center — the state’s only teaching hospital — now sits was once the state’s mental institution, known as the Mississippi Asylum for the Insane. It operated from 1855 to 1935 and the dead buried there are thought to be deceased patients from the asylum.

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