Willie Mae Goodman decided to send her daughter Marguerite to the Willowbrook State School when Marguerite was four years old.
Mrs. Willie Mae Goodman heard many people speak of her daughter’s death.
Marguerite Goodman lived at the Gouverneur Hospital in lower Manhattan.
Willowbrook opened in 1947. The number of people living at institutions in and around New York City increased in the early twentieth century as physicians frequently told parents of “mentally retarded” children to send them to institutions where they could be rehabilitated.
In the late 1800s through the early 1900s, educators and social reformers created institutions for people they called “idiots,” “feeble minded,” or later, “mentally retarded.
State institutions grew throughout New York state after the founding of the New York Asylum in 1851 and into the mid-20th century.
Henry Goddard was a psychologist living and working in New Jersey.
Sign language is believed to have been in use by different peoples, including Native Americans, for many centuries.