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African American Surgeons Highlight Laupus Exhibits

By Crystal Baity

East Carolina University’s Laupus Library is hosting two exhibits featuring African American academic surgeons and eastern North Carolina physicians.

“Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons” celebrates the contributions of black academic surgeons to medicine and medical education through the stories of four surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young physicians and surgeons.

The exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 28. An expanded version will return May 1-July 28, 2009.

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As a companion to “Opening Doors,” a second exhibit, “Pioneering African American Physicians in Eastern North Carolina,” will be on display through February. Dr. Andrew A. Best of Greenville and Dr. Milton Quigless of Tarboro will be featured.

The exhibits are located on the library’s fourth floor in the Evelyn F. Laupus Exhibit Gallery and are open during normal hours, which are Sunday noon-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-midnight, Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, go to


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