Black Pioneers In Uniform: Shaw University’s Leonard Medical School & The Great War

News posted Apr. 06, 2017 - 11:50 am

On April 29, the M.T. Pope House Museum invites visitors to travel back to 1917 - the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. Costumed interpreters will recreate the African-American experience at home and abroad.

The program and exhibit, Black Pioneers in Uniform, will showcase the achievements of 13 graduates of Leonard Medical School (now Leonard Hall on Shaw University’s campus) during the war. After graduating, these pioneering doctors served in the Army Medical Corps treating battlefield injuries and other ailments such as trench foot, gangrene and influenza. Costumed interpreters will be one hand to discuss life in the trenches for soldiers and demonstrate military equipment. The event will commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into the war in 1917 and the contributions of Black soldiers in the global conflict.

Children will enjoy crafts and activities with costumed “nurses” portraying the Oak City Auxiliary, a branch of the Raleigh American Red Cross was staffed by local African-American women. Activities include: learning to make an arm sling with a bandage, construction paper headlamps, and other crafts. Tours of the M.T. Pope House, home built in 1900 by an early African-American doctor and veteran, will be given throughout the day.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on April 29. The M.T. Pope House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 511 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

The M.T. Pope House Museum is operated by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. The museum is open for tours every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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