The Heights

Louis Thomas


In 1999, Prince Edward Heights Institution, near Belleville, closed. Doors were locked, supplies were left and the building was abandoned as its residents, some of whom had lived there since birth, moved home to their communities. This exhibit shows the beginning of the end of a darker chapter in Ontario’s history – where people considered “less than perfect,” or who we used to call “retarded,” were shut away and ignored.

Curated by Karen Bell