People, Not Patients: Documenting the lives of those confined at the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum
People, Not Patients is a project by Able South Carolina and Historic Columbia.
This project was originally released in 2023. There is still much to learn and much to share about our disabled community that was impacted by the South Carolina State Hospital, also commonly known as Bull Street.
With this collaborative project, Able South Carolina (Able SC) seeks to elevate the stories of those who lived on Bull Street. What were their dreams? Who were their children or family? What can we do to highlight these are people, not patients? The following stories covering residents of the original asylum are just the beginning of the many stories of the lives lived before, during, and after institutionalization.