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Civil War medicine exhibit on display at OSU medical school
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Civil War medicine exhibit on display at OSU medical school

Civil War medicine exhibit on display at OSU medical school
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Former slaves on a plantation in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862

Civil War medicine exhibit on display at OSU medical school

The Medical Library at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is playing host to Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine, a travelling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.

An OSU spokesman tells KRMG that the travelling exhibit recognizes the contribution of African-Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the American Civil War. Many histories have been written about medical care during this war, but the participation and contributions of African-Americans have often been overlooked.

“The exhibit highlights the experiences of men and women whose efforts to provide medical care to soldiers and civilians are not well-known,” said Melissa Kash-Holley, reference and instruction services librarian at the OSU-CHS.  “As healers and caretakers, the individuals highlighted in this exhibit pushed past the bounds of race and gender and left an indelible mark on American history.”

The exhibit runs through March 20th.

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