In honor of Black History Month, we would like to let you know about Boston to Mound Bayou: Columbia Point & Delta Health Center, a guide to the Hirsh Library’s archival materials documenting Tufts’ role in supporting the Delta Health Center. One of the nation’s earliest community-health-centers, the Delta Health Center remains a shining example of community self-determination born of the civil right struggle of the 1960’s. Based in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, “a tiny, all-black town founded by an ex-slave in the heart of the Mississippi Delta,” Delta Health Center’s establishment was “…one of the major contributions of the civil rights struggle.”1

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Dr. H. Jack Geiger & Dr. John W. Hatch during construction on the Delta Health Center, 1968
Image credit: Daniel Bernstein/U.S. National Library of Medicine

Learn more at the Delta Health Center at Boston to Mound Bayou: Columbia Point & Delta Health Center: http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/community_health You can also learn more about Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, TUSM faculty members who supported the establishment of the Delta Health Center in The Good Doctors: the Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care (available in the HHSL BookStacks WA 1 D617g 2009).

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References: 1.  Morgan B. Up from Mississippi. Tufts medicine : magazine of the Tufts University Medical Alumni Association. Spring 2003;62(2):17-26.

 

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