For many Georgians, going to college in Mississippi would have felt like a horrifying prospect before they found 1,000 bodies on campus.
Now it has to creep out pretty much everyone.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center had planned to remove a grove of trees to build a new parking garage east of the dental school. While surveying the property, at least 1,000 bodies were found in a forgotten cemetery, reports The Clarion-Ledger.
Officials believe the bodies are former patients of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which closed almost 100 years ago.
The school has an army of dead under it.
“There are probably thousands more bodies that we’ve never seen,” said Dr. Luke Lampton, chairman of the state Board of Health who has researched and written about the history of the asylum.
The dean of the medical school says the bodies have not been identified, and reburying the remains will cost $3,000 each, or $3 million for those recently found.
“We can’t afford that,” said Dr. James Keeton.
So, for now, the school will leave the bodies and build elsewhere, but the campus seems to have been placed amidst a massive graveyard.
Lampton said his father taught at the medical center for four decades and told him every time the institution broke ground they found more caskets.
Property west of the dental school is thought to contain the graves of former slaves, TB victims and possibly even Civil War dead.
In 1990, The Clarion-Ledger reported about 20 tombstones had been discarded in a gully behind the medical center.
A few years later, workers found 44 unmarked graves while putting in a steam line for a new laundry, reports USA Today.
In 2012, during campus road work, 66 pine coffins with human remains were found.
Sounds like a great place to film a horror movie.
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