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"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine"

  • Date: 09/19/2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim
    3610 Old Lee Highway
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • Introduction: Exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, September 19-October 28, 2017 in the Gallery of the Civil War interpretive Center, Historic Blenheim

Traveling Exhibition from the National Library of Medicine:

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: "African-Americans in Civil War Medicine,"

With a nation divided, the American Civil War was a war to preserve the Union. For African Americans, it was a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society. As all Americans sought ways to participate and contribute to the war effort for the Union, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America.

African Americans who served as surgeons and nurses for the Union Army found themselves in both new and familiar roles as healers and caretakers. Surgeons were in positions of authority, which had never occurred in the United States while nurses received paid wages for their work. These men and women came from different backgrounds and life experiences, but their desire to participate in the cause for freedom transcended class, education, and social position.

September 19- October 28, 2017, Gallery in Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim.  Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm.

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