Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Petition to Preserve Pennhurst

Any PA urban explorer will tell you that the Pennhurst State School -- more a prison for the mentally challenged -- is one of the most fascinating, and disturbing, places to explore in Pennsylvania.

It's much more than that, though. Pennhurst is a vivid illustration of the way the mentally handicapped were once treated, and a local movement is trying to preserve Pennhurst as a memorial for those who suffered and died there.

I just want to give a plug for these guys -- I've signed the petition (using my real name, no less!) and I hope you will, too.

Preserve Pennhurst Movement website

The Preserve Pennhurst Petition

YouTube video by Peecho

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