This visual narrative was created for my American Studies class, Digital Short-Form Storytelling.
History: The focus of this narrative is the Kennebec Arsenal, located in Augusta, Maine. Built as a munitions depot in the 1830's in response to a boundary conflict with Britain, it later became a mental hospital in 1905. The institution was shut down in the 1970's due to nationwide deinstitutionalization and has remained abandoned to this day. Today, the arsenal is a National Historic Landmark, known as the most intact 19th century munitions depot in the United States. Although commended for its history of physical strife, the arsenal is treated with stigma due to its history of psychological distress.
Description: an injured, mentally disturbed soldier seeking help makes his way out of the Kennebec Arsenal. Narrative highlights the arsenal's stigmatized psychopathological history and how we often value fighting a physical war but fail to equally recognize those who are fighting a mental war.
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