R. Todd Stevens and his team set out to make a documentary about the notorious Crownsville State Hospital. They interviewed doctors, patients, and the community to piece together an accurate picture of what life was like there. It wasn’t pretty. Crownsville State Hospital originally opened in 1911, as the first African American mental health facility in the United States. The patients made their own clothes, grew their own food, and lived in tents while they constructed expansive buildings, according to Deputy Sherriff George Phelps Junior; furthermore, the hospital didn’t admit white patients until 1962.
Published online at Cult Critic Magazine, August 11, 2018;