Published: Feb. 1, 2019

The University Libraries invite you to African American Healers in the West, a presentation by Terri Gentry. The presentation discusses a history of midwives, nurses, physicians and health practitioners across the western United States. It will take place on February 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Norlin Library N410. Gentry’s presentation is also in conjunction with the Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine exhibit in the Norlin library.

Terri Gentry is presenting African American Healers in the West. Gentry is a board member of the Black American West Museum in Denver, where she has served as a volunteer docent since 2008. Gentry holds a BA in African/African American Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master's Degree in Humanities, with a focus in Public History and Museum Studies, from the University of Colorado Denver.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.

Through historical images and period documents the exhibit explores 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. “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years,” says Curator Jill L. Newmark.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries is on display February 4 through March 16, 2019, in the Norlin Library, 2nd floor SW. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact nlmtravelingexhibts@nlm.nih.gov or visit their website.