California Memorial Project 16th Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Reclaiming and healing our past by honoring our own...

On September 17, 2018 there will be events throughout the state of California to honor those who died unrecognized at state hospitals and developmental centers.

More than 45,000 people, including individuals with psychiatric or developmental disabilities, died while living at a California state hospital and developmental center between the 1880’s and 1960’s. Many were buried anonymously in unmarked or mass graves and did not receive recognition or acknowledgment in life or in death. 

Each year we gather on the third Monday in September to honor and show respect to these individuals by holding Remembrance Day Ceremonies at state institutions and sites where individuals are buried. Programs for many of the ceremonies include music, artwork, speakers and personal testimonials. All are welcome to attend.

Locations & Times


12:15 PM -1:15 PM
Ukiah Cemetery
Russian River Cemetery District
940 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 94582
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Stockton Rural Cemetery
2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Porterville Developmental Center
26501 Avenue 140, Porterville, CA 93257
Yanet Fernandez (559) 782-2286 or
Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Park View Cemetery (Next to the Mausoleum)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Robin Rhoades (916) 552-6625 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
DSH-Napa Campus (Gymnasium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
RSVP Required
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986 or
Karina Montanez (707) 254-2431 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
DSH-Metropolitan Campus (James Hall Auditorium)
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Scott Barron (213) 213-8178 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DSH-Patton Campus (Auditorium)
3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Linda Naranjo (619) 814-8516

For more information about the California Memorial Project please visit

On September 17th, 2018 there will be a special statewide moment of silence at 1:55 PM to honor those who died unrecognized at state hospitals and developmental centers.

All are welcome.
If you have questions, please contact:

Disability Right California logo
Disability Rights California
(916) 504-5800 or toll free (800) 776-5746
People First of California logo
People First of California