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Freedmen’s Hospital – First Hospital of its kind to provide medical services to former slaves | Black Then

Freedmen’s Hospital – First Hospital of its kind to provide medical services to former slaves | Black Then The Freedmen’s Hospital was founded in Washington D.C, in 1862. It was the first proper hospital of its kind to provide medical services to former slaves. Later on, it was upgraded into a lavish and more proper hospital for African-American community residing in Washington D.C.

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The hospital was located on the Camp Baker at 13th and R Streets in Northwest Washington. It remained in the same location until a new building was prepared in 1909 at Bryant and 6th Street. According to the history, the hospital was completely managed by the U.S. government.

In 1868, six years after Freedmen’s Hospital was found, it became a teaching hospital for the Howard University Medical School. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander T. Augusta, M.D. was one of the first faculties serving in the teaching hospital. In 1863, Augusta was made the in charge of the hospital and was the first African-American hospital administrator in the history of United States. He also got the opportunity to teach at the Howard University Medical School. He was one of the six faculty members of the Howard University Medical School, including Anderson Ruffin Abbott, who was another African-American educationist. Augusta continued his services as a faculty till 1877.

Freedmen's Hospital, African American History, Black History, Civil War, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Freedmen's Hospital, African American History, Black History, Civil War, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Freedmen's Hospital, African American History, Black History, Civil War, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Freedmen's Hospital, African American History, Black History, Civil War, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Freedmen's Hospital, African American History, Black History, Civil War, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

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The Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) is an academic division of Howard University, and grants the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Ph.D., MS, and the MPH. HUCM is located at the Howard University Health Sciences Center in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1868 in response to the city’s growing population. The College of Medicine ranks among the top three schools in meeting the nation’s medical needs and social mission. With more than 4,000 living alumni, the College has produced a sizeable share of the African-American physicians practicing in this country.

The mission of the College of Medicine includes improving health care through training programs and initiatives, discovering knowledge through research and supporting the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other healthcare providers and graduate students in biomedical sciences. Many College of Medicine students gain professional experience at Howard University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for the school. (Wikipedia).


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