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This show is in honor of: The Black Nurses and the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic
In 1793, Philadelphia was as large and as cosmopolitan a city as could be found in the new United States. Until 1800, Philadelphia served as the U.S. capitol. The city was also home to a substantial number of people of color. The yellow fever outbreak that began that summer led to an outcry for help to the Black Benevolent Societies..
As the disease spread, so too did panic. Some 20,000 residents fled the city. With the exodus care for the sick was limited. In desperation, civic leaders — including Declaration of Independence signatory Benjamin Rush, M.D., then a professor at the Institutes of Medicine — approached the city’s black community for help.
The leaders of Philadelphia’s Free African Society, a mutual aid organization founded in 1787 by ministers Absalom Jones and Richard Allen agreed to provide that help. They too had some medical training, and played an active role. They cared for “upwards of 800 people.”
Image: Black Cross Nurses 1920