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Dorothea L. Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was a social activist who promoted mental healthcare and prison reforms during the mid-nineteenth century. Her efforts in Alabama, with the support of Alabama Gov. Henry Collier, resulted in the founding of the Alabama Insane Hospital (now Bryce State Mental Hospital) in Tuscaloosa.
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