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A History of Black Health in Louisville covers the establishment of health care facilities by and for Black Louisvillians in the late 19th and 20th centuries, during a time in our country when most Black citizens were prevented from seeking medical care or medical training from existing institutions operated by white people. The exhibit, featuring photographs, oral histories, and original materials from Archives & Special Collections, centers around the Red Cross Hospital, founded in 1896 by local physicians and remained open until 1975. Other Black medical institutions are highlighted in this exhibit, including the Louisville National Medical College and the Central Louisville Health Center at Beecher Terrace. The exhibit also spotlights the careers of notable medical professionals like Dr. John Walls, Dr. Grace James, and Mary E. Merritt.

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