MAINE 200 — Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden in 1802. She is best known for her vital role in creating as many as 30 hospitals geared towards helping the mentally ill.
It took years of dedication and difficulties to establish herself enough to help those in need. During a time when women were barred from voting and had limited political power, Dorothea sought to improve the conditions for those who could not help themselves.
She has been a role model for working women. As a school teacher, she was well educated enough to understand the need to advocate for the moral treatment of those in asylums and mentally illness hospitals. Today in Maine we often associate her with the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center located in Bangor.
(Vintage Photo Credit: Collections of Maine Historical Society, courtesy of VintageMaineImages.com, Item No. 5539)