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The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was constructed in 1858. From a tour pamphlet, a sample of reasons for people's admission to the asylum.

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19th century painting of President George Washington in Masonic dress.

A piece of what is known as a "Master's Carpet," a basic emblematical chart for the instruction of Freemasonry.

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William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. Black history album

The broken column carefully laid on the third step of the base completes the symbolic legend of the Third Degree in Freemasonry.

19th century journalist Elizabeth Cochran used the name Nellie Bly when she authored the book Ten Days In The Madhouse. It is the first work of undercover journalism. She feigned insanity so that she could investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. The conditions in the asylum were dreadful. Rats in the rooms, appalling food,