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Lawmakers to hold hearing on former psychiatric hospital

Friday - 8/16/2013, 8:46pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Legislative Black Caucus has scheduled a hearing on the former Crownsville State Hospital.

Del. Aisha Braveboy, the caucus chair, tells The Capital ( that the group will hold a hearing on Sept. 18 in Annapolis on the former psychiatric hospital for African-Americans.

Braveboy says the caucus will hear testimony on the history of the facility, which closed in 2004. She says she wants to hear from the community and stakeholders to try to form a shared vision for the 532-acre campus.

Members of the NAACP, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the American Civil Liberties Union have been invited to attend.

Braveboy says the caucus wants to learn more about medical experimentation performed on patients and what role the government played in deaths at the hospital.

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