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Black History at Duke Health

A guide to archival materials about Black history at Duke Health

Lincoln Hospital

Lincoln Hospital was founded in 1901 through the efforts of Dr. Aaron Moore, Dr. Stanford Warren, and John Merrick. They convinced Washington Duke that a hospital would be a more valuable investment than Duke's idea of building a monument on the Trinity campus to honor African Americans who had fought for the confederacy. Duke covered construction costs and provided an initial $5,000 endowment. 

Dr. Moore, who received his medical degree from Leonard Medical College (Shaw University), was Durham's first Black doctor and served as Lincoln Hospital's first superintendent. He was followed by Dr. Charles Shepard, William Rich, Frank W. Scott, Ronald C. Foreman, and Larry T. Suitt. 

In 1976, the hospital closed and merged with the Durham County Hospital Corporation. 

Duke University Medical Center Archives Materials

Materials relevant to the history of Lincoln Hospital may be found in several collections at the Medical Center Archives. Below is a selection of recommended archival materials. While these materials are not available online, we encourage you to contact the Archives to learn more or make an appointment to view items.