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Image of Susie King Taylor

Susie King Taylor, 1902
Courtesy East Carolina University

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boudaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the roles of African Americans in America.

Image of Alexander T. Augusta

Alexander T. Augusta, MD
Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Through historical images and period documents the exhibit explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years," says Curator Jill L. Newmark. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries is currently traveling around the United States.