“Opening Doors” Exhibit

        The Ginsburg library will be hosting the traveling exhibition,
Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons”
On display: mid-December, 2012-early February, 2013

This is an exhibition celebrating the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of younger physicians and surgeons.

Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today.

Operating room-Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital,
founded in Philadelphia in 1895.
African Americans in an operating room of Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore. 

Read more on the NLM website: Traveling Exhibition

In honor of this exhibition we have collected Temple’s own historical images and materials that highlight the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School from its beginnings through a merger to become the Mercy Douglass Hospital through the eventual closing. The dedication, determination and contributions of a few individuals in this Philadelphia history are noted. These items will continue to be on display in the lobby of the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library after the exhibition leaves.

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