Historic Markers Across Alabama

Old Bryce Cemetery

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Location: Jack Warner Parkway Northeast south of McFarland Blvd East (U.S. 82), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Coordinates: N 33° 13.286    W 087° 32.051
  33.22143333    -87.53418333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This is the oldest of four historic cemeteries located on the campus of Bryce Hospital, Alabama's oldest mental health facility. The first recorded burial dates to 1861. While only a few graves are currently marked, it is estimated that thousands of individuals are buried here. Bryce Hospital is one of the most historic and architecturally significant public institutions in the U.S. Established in 1852 at the height of the psychiatric reform movement known as "moral treatment," the hospital was among the first mental health facilities in the country to employ architectural design and a pastoral setting as essential components in the treatment of mental illness. Through Wyatt v. Stickney, the landmark federal lawsuit initiated in 1971, Bryce Hospital became the center of the civil rights movement for people who experience mental illness.

Listed in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

Erected 2009 by Alabama Historical Commission and the Bryce Hospital Historic Preservation Committee, Alabama Department of Mental Health.

End of Old Bryce Cemetery