Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cannon Street Hospital / McClennan Banks Memorial Hospital
Cannon Street Hospital, established here in 1897, served the African-American community of Charleston until 1959. Officially the Hospital and Training School for Nurses, it occupied a three-story brick building constructed ca. 1800. Dr. Alonzo C. McClennan (1855-1912), then one of only six black physicians in Charleston, was one of its founders and also edited The Hospital Herald 1898-1900.
McClennan Banks Memorial Hospital
By 1956 Dr. Thomas C. McFall, director of the Cannon Street Hospital, led a campaign to build a new hospital. McClennan-Banks Memorial Hospital, which opened on Courtenay Street in 1959, was named for Dr. McClennan and Anna DeCosta Banks (1869-1930), first head nurse of the Cannon Street Hospital. The old hospital here was torn down in 1961; the new hospital closed at the end of 1976 and was torn down in 2004.
Erected 2010 by The Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina, and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston. (Marker Number 10-68.)
Location. 32° 47.268′ N, 79° 56.972′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Cannon Street Click for map. Located between President Street and Ashley Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 Cannon Street, Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Parsonage / Miss Izard's School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Septima P. Clark Expressway (about 700 feet away); United Order of Tents Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cannon Street Y (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burke High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Burke High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Jonathan Jasper Wright (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . .
1. Medical University of South Carolina News, March 2011. Cannon Street Hospital Dedication
2. MUSC Library / Waring Historical Library. In 1897 the Hospital and Training School for Nurses opened at ....
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Science & Medicine •
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