National Museum of Civil War Medicine Honors African Americans that served in the Civil War

For Immediate Release:
October 14, 2010
Contact: Adele Air
(301) 695-1864
education@civilwarmed.org                                                                        
National Museum of Civil War Medicine Honors African Americans that served in the Civil War
With Lecture and New Exhibit
Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Frederick, MD – The National Museum of Civil War Medicine honors the history of the African Americans that served in the American Civil War by mounting its latest exhibit:  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.  The exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from the Historical Society of Washington, DC opens at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located at 48 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, on December 13, 2010 and runs through January 28, 2011.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. August and Anderson R. Abbott; as well as nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes through historical images and previously unpublished Civil War documents.  Jill L. Newmark, Exhibition Curator of The National Library of Medicine, remarked that this exhibit “opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years.”  “Lesson Plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/education.html

Dr. Robert Slawson, MD, FACR opens the National Museum of Civil War Museums new lecture series, Civil War Talk on Saturday, February 12, 2011; with a lecture on African American Surgeons in the Civil War.  Dr. Slawson is the author of Prologue to Change: African Americans in Medicine in the Civil War.  The monthly lecture series feature distinguished speakers from 11am-Noon on the second Saturday of each month from February through September.

Dr. Slawson will share findings from his book as well as some of his latest research on the African American Surgeons that served in the American Civil War.  Pulitzer Prize winning, author James. M McPherson, PhD stated that “Few facets of the Civil War have previously escaped careful scrutiny.  But one that has, until now, was the important contribution of black surgeons who served in the Union armies-nearly all, of course, in black regiments.  We are indebted to Robert Slawson for bringing their neglected story to light.”

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in the downtown restaurant and historic district of Frederick, Maryland: 48 E. Patrick Street, 21701.  The Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm, year round and closed on most major holidays.  Free to NMCWM members.  Usual admission fees are $6.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $4.50 for children 10-16, children 9 and under are free.  The exhibit and lectures are included in the regular price of the Museum’s admission with special discount rates available for groups of ten or more.   For more information contact: 301-695-1864 or education@civilwarmed.org.

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