Traveling exhibit features African Americans in Civil War medicine for Black History Month

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  — To celebrate Black History Month and those who made it possible, Memphis Public Libraries are “pushing boundaries” with a traveling exhibit – “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.”

Often lost from the pages of history, the names and faces of early African American physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare providers will be on display at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) through March 29.

Library customers will learn about people like former slave-turned-caregiver Susie King, who in 1862 served the Union Army as an unpaid Civil War nurse, teacher, and laundress, alongside her husband – a soldier. She later published her memoirs, detailing her struggles to help emancipate enslaved African Americans.

For more information about the exhibit, visit its website.