Who We Are

Students of Gann Academy

We are eighteen students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Gann Academy, a Jewish High School in Waltham Massachusetts. Our campus neighbors the grounds of the former Fernald School, the site of what was once a world-wide leading institution for people with intellectual and other disabilities. For the past several years we - and schoolmates that preceded us - have committed ourselves to telling the story of the Fernald School and, especially, the people who lived there. We consider it our sacred obligation to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced and to tell the stories of those who have been made to disappear. Many of those designated as defective delinquents were taken from the Fernald School and indefinitely detained at the State Farm in Bridgewater. We dedicate our museum to them.