Passing along this information on an upcoming program of the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A.J. WRIGHT TO SPEAK ON EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN PHYSICIANS IN THE ALABAMA BLACK BELT
Records of Black physicians in date to shortly after the Civil War
— October 16, 2007 — A.J. Wright, M.L.S., Associate Professor and Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology Library, , will deliver a talk on “Early African American Physicians in the Black Belt” , in the Vaughan-Smitherman Room, Selma-Dallas County Public Library, AL, at 12:00 PM. The event is sponsored by the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society. It is free and open to the public.
A.J. Wright has been researching the history of anesthesia in the United States for more than twenty years and infor the past decade. In the process of doing his research he began to come across records of Black physicians who were practicing in shortly after the Civil War and who began to receive certification in beginning in the late 19th century.
Among the prominent Black Belt physicians researched by Mr. Wright are: Lincoln Laconia Burwell who graduated valedictorian from both Selma University in 1886 and from Leonard Medical School of Shaw University in 1890 and owned a drug store on Franklin Street and set up Burwell Infirmary on Philpot Avenue in; Moorer who was born in Braggs and graduated from Selma University and in ., and did post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins in ; Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsett who was born a slave in 1852 and became Alabama’s first licensed Black physician and founded Hale Infirmary in Montgomery, Alabama’s first hospital for Blacks; and, Halle Tanner Dillon, who in 1891 became the first African-American woman and first female to sit for the Alabama medical licensure examination.
A.J. Wright is a frequent speaker and author of articles related to medical history in alabamahistory” discussion list at .and elsewhere. He is also the moderator of the “
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BBAAGHS’ mission is to discover, collect, organize and preserve the genealogy and history of African Americans in Alabama ’s Black Belt Region. The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, 1103 Selma Ave., Selma, AL. For more information, visit the website: www.bbaaghs.org.