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Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Free
Sat May 27, 2017 - Mon September 4, 2017 Museum hours
Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender, pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit reveals the life and experiences of surgeons like Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses like Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes, as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom.