Black WW1 Doctors Visit Raleigh's Pope House Museum
The Ebony Doughboys to Participate in the "Black Pioneers in Uniform" Program
By: Ebony Doughboys
By the turn of the 20th century, only three Historically Black Colleges and Universities had medical programs: Meharry in Nashville; Howard in Washington, DC; and Leonard at Shaw University in Raleigh. Leonard Medical was the first, opening in 1880, yet due to rising costs closed in 1919. However during this period, it produced 400 physicians which included 13 of the 104 African American volunteer doctors of the First World War.
"This program is designed to connect a community with its own World War One legacy; we are honored to participate,"
The Pope House has sponsored several living history programs over the past years. "Trying to bring history to life is one of the most engaging and successful ways to teach history," Dollar added. Steven Jones, Director of Development for Ebony Doughboys, added, "There are relevant, local World War One human-interest stories around the country that have a bearing on our current times. What the leadership of the City of Raleigh Museum has done is create an opportunity for the public to interpret, interact and make connections in a new way."
Black Pioneers in Uniform is open to the public on 4/29 from 10 am to 5 pm. The Pope House Museum is located at 511 S. Wilmington Street. For further information, call: 919.996.2220 and contact Ernest Dollar or Troy Burton.