METRO Wants Your Opinion about Patient Memorial

METRO is our regional government which in part manages pioneer cemeteries, including the Lone Fir Cemetery, located in inner SE Portland.

For over one hundred years Lone Fir Cemetery has been the resting place for hundreds of patients of the Hawthorne Asylum. These graves are unmarked, relatively unknown, and until recently were rudely covered with an access road, a county building and a parking lot.

DOWNLOAD & READ – The Lone Fir Cemetery and the Asylum Patients of Dr. James C. Hawthorne – PDF

These structures have been removed, and now METRO is deciding how to use the area and it needs the help of persons most interested in the welfare and dignity of persons with mental illness.

A memorial garden for Chinese persons buried at Lone Fir is well underway.

Persons with mental illness and members of the public are invited to participate in three idea-gathering sessions with METRO planners and designers. Each session will be alike – please plan to attend at least one. Information from these three sessions will be tabulated and used in the creative process of designing a suitable memorial.

September 25 at 10 AM at Cascadia’s Garlington Center, 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland. See a MAP.
Public transportation: Bus 6 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

October 3 at 11:30 AM at Lifeworks NW’s Gresham Clinic, 400 NE 7th Street, Gresham. See a MAP
Public transportation: Blue MAX line or buses to Gresham Central Transit Center

October 10 at 2:30 PM at Central City Concern’s 8 NW 8 Building, at 8 NW 8th Avenue, downtown. See a MAP.
Public transportation: Bus 20 Burnside / Stark

An online survey will be available in October. Watch this site for updates.

EXTRA – Lone Fir Cemetery and the Asylum Patients of Dr. James Hawthorne
EXTRA – Oregon State Hospital Patient Remains