The traveling banner exhibit, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine, will be featured at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) from Oct. 22 to Nov. 30, 2012. The University will also featuring a special presentation from Frederick P. Marquinez, M.D. ('85), of the Kent Civil War Society. Both are open to the public.
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.
Housed in the Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center (Library) at NEOMED, the exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.