FAMU Installs Historical Marker In Recognition Of Former Hospital’s Contributions [GALLERY]

By: Florida A&M University; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Florida A&M University; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 28, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Earlier this month, FAMU revealed the historical marker for the former FAMU Hospital.

Today, the marker was installed at Adams Street and Palmer Avenue.

The FAMU hospital served as the only medical facility for blacks within 150 miles of Tallahassee from 1950-1971 and ushered in FAMU's world-class nursing and pharmacy programs.

Claretha Florence was born at the hospital. She says, "A lot of people pass this institution and pass this very corner and not realize the vast importance that this hospital brought to this community. It's such an awe because of the fact that I was born here in '55. I've worked here for the past 35 years, and I'll retire here. So, it comes in three's."

Dr. Alex Brickler delivered Florence, among many others there. He says, "I think that the closeness of the medical community is the memory that I'll hold fondness. We learned each other hardships. We learned each other's triumphs. We're a very, very close family."

The hospital is now the university's administration building.


News Release: Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, Fla. -- On Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., a historical marker, issued by the Florida Department of State, will be installed on FAMU's campus on the corner of Palmer Avenue and Adams Street. The marker commemorates the contributions of FAMU's former hospital, its staff and related programs. It was originally unveiled during FAMU's 2014 Black History Convocation.

The installation ceremony will feature remarks and presentations by FAMU administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students, as well as members of Tallahassee's medical and research communities. Michael Zimny, historic sites specialist with the Department of State, will also participate in the ceremony.

The FAMU hospital served as the only medical facility for blacks within 150 miles of Tallahassee from 1950-1971 and ushered in FAMU's world-class nursing and pharmacy programs.


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