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Making a Place for OurselvesThe Black Hospital Movement, 1920–1945$
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Vanessa Northington Gamble

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195078893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195078893.001.0001

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“Where Shall We Work and Whom Are We to Serve?”: The Battle for the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital

“Where Shall We Work and Whom Are We to Serve?”: The Battle for the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital

(p.70) Three “Where Shall We Work and Whom Are We to Serve?”: The Battle for the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital
Making a Place for Ourselves

Vanessa Northington Gamble

Oxford University Press

The demonstration that occurred on July 3, 1923, on the streets of Tuskegee, Alabama, would turn out to be one of the most explosive events of the black hospital movement. This battle over control of the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital struck a passionate chord in the black community. This chapter explores the factors underlying the decision of the federal government to establish a national black veterans hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, and analyzes the successful struggle of the black community to place black physicians and nurses at the facility. Several initial issues and challenges were faced in establishing a national black veterans hospital. In particular, the appropriate location for such institution was one such challenge and this is explored here. The chapter looks at the actions undertaken by Moton and his colleagues that initiated the employment of black staff at the hospital.

Keywords:   Tuskegee, Alabama, black hospital movement, Tuskegee Veterans Hospital, black community, federal government, national black veterans hospital

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