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African American History at Duke Medicine

A guide to archival materials about African Americans at the Duke University Medical Center

Duke Medicine Digital Resources

Below is a selection of recommended Duke Medicine digital resources related to the history of African Americans at the Medical Center.

  • African American Pioneers & Trailblazers School of Medicine videos featuring individuals speaking about the history and legacy of African Americans at Duke Medicine, part of the 50 years of integration event.
  • Duke’s African American LPN Program An article by Archives staff about Duke’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program for African American students, started in 1948.
  • Integrating Medicine An article by Archives staff about the first African American School of Medicine student, Wilhelm Delano Meriwether.
  • The Magic of Medicine at Duke  A 2009 collection of essays written by Duke leaders and pioneers. Pieces that focus on African Americans at Duke Medicine include Ed Halperin's "Desegregating the Bell Building,” Eddie Hoover's "Diversity at Duke: A Work in Progress," and Jean Spaulding's "Climate Change: Duke, Durham, and the Birth of a Health System." 

Above: Four African American licensed practical nursing students and a Duke University Hospital staff member or nursing instructor around a table, date unknown. Part of the Photograph Collection, and available via MEDSpace.

Duke University Digital Resources

Below are recommended resources from Duke University related to African Americans at Duke.