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New Library Exhibit: African American Contributions to Medical Care During the Civil War

The VCOM-Virginia Library is pleased to host traveling exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. This exhibition 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. Many historians have written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers often have been overlooked.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries examines how African Americans transcended class, education, and social position by working in the medical field during the Civil War.  Through historical images and period documents the exhibit reveals the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom.

The exhibit will be on display on the second floor in the main VCOM building, outside the VCOM Library, from November 24, 2014 - January 2, 2015.