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UTMB opened first hospital for African American patients

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:30 am

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” This occurred when a philanthropist, a university and a community came together to open the first state hospital for African-Americans in Texas. In 1902 the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston opened the state’s first state-subsidized “negro” hospital.

Prior to the hospital’s opening, African-American patients were treated in the department for “negro” patients in Galveston’s old City Hospital building, operated by UTMB. In 1900 the old City Hospital was severely damaged in a category 4 hurricane that ravished Galveston — and is still the deadliest storm to date in U.S. history.

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