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The cemetery stones all look the same, except for numbers denoting each of the roughly 500 souls buried before 1950 at the Dane County Asylum cemetery, along what is now East Verona Avenue.
Only about 70 of the plain white tablets have been accounted for from what are known only as Cemeteries B and C, and they remain, strangely, in the back yard of a home on the outskirts of Verona, where their identity was discovered five years ago. How they got there has been the subject of much speculation, and nobody seems to know what happened to the rest of the gravestones.
All that is clear is that their original purpose was to mark the graves now heralded only by a single eloquent marble monument, dedicated in 1993 to the "mentally impaired and poor who spent their last earthly days here." A group of area residents led the effort to dedicate that monument so the forgotten place would not be disturbed, accidentally or otherwise.