Meharry Medical College

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Originally founded in 1876 as a department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry Medical College was granted a separate charter of incorporation in 1915. The college was named to honor five Irish brothers, Samuel, Hugh, Alexander, Jesse, and David Meharry. They gave more than $30,000 in cash and real estate to fund an institution that would educate medical professionals to serve the black community. By the mid-20th century, Meharry Medical College graduated approximately half the black doctors in the United States. The evolution of Meharry Medical College is a compelling story that occurs during succeeding eras. In many ways, its evolution reflects the changing tides of race relations in America. Nearly 150 years later, Meharry continues to be a significant medical institution that holds true to its motto: “Dedicated to the worship of God through service to man.”
ISBN: 9781467106535
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Campus History
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Sandra Martin Parham is executive director of the Meharry Medical College Library and Archives. She has been in library administration for over 35 years. Her publications include Barbara C. Jordan: Selected Speeches and The African Art Collection: Texas Southern University. Parham’s goal in presenting this series of photographs and narratives is to showcase the vitality at the core of Meharry’s existence and what Meharrians call “the spirit of this place called Meharry.”
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