The Charlotte News

January 19 - February 16, 1942


Below is the full series of articles on the insane asylum at Morganton by Tom Jimison, former News reporter, lawyer, and defrocked Methodist minister. He spent a full year in the facility on a voluntary commitment, until early May, 1941. The sixteen-part series, picked up by several newspapers, reverberated throughout the state and led to a special investigation of conditions in all mental health facilities in North Carolina by a Governor's five-person blue ribbon panel, the recommendations of which were released on August 8, 1942, remarkably consistent with the complaints laid down first in this series by Mr. Jimison. (Part six, appearing January 24, is missing from the microfilm.)

Also included is a nine-part companion series anent conditions in the women's ward, by a female inmate, a young woman who had been a student at Queens College in Charlotte and was in the state hospital for a year and a half. (Part eight, appearing February 14, is missing from the microfilm.)


by Tom Jimison

January 19, 1942, January 20, January 21, January 22

January 23, January 26, January 27, January 28, January 29, January 30

January 31, February 2, February 3, February 4, February 5



February 6, 1942, February 7, February 9, February 10

February 11, February 12 and 13, February 16

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