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Temple in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Cora Anderson Negro Hospital

Cora Anderson Negro Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 29, 2019
1. Cora Anderson Negro Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Officially opened on May 17, 1953, Cora Anderson Negro Hospital offered medical services to the growing African American population of Temple and greater Bell County. The hospital featured 16 patient rooms and a surgical suite. It was located only two blocks from Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, thereby providing African American patients access to technology and specialized care that was previously denied to them.

The hospital was administered by a public advisory board comprised of an equal number of African American and white citizens. Final decisions were made by the Scott & White Board of Trustees. U. S. Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson served on the Scott & White Board of Trustees at this time and partook in the fundraising campaign.

Cora Woods Campbell Anderson, the largest individual donor to the campaign, was known community-wide for her commitment to helping out college students and families with financial issues and generously giving to the Negro Hospital Project. The Advisory Board unanimously agreed to name the facility after her.

Once the facility opened, Scott & White physicians provided care,
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but the nurses and support staff were overwhelmingly African American. The hospital operated until December 1963 when Scott & White moved to integrate facilities at South 31st Street.

In late 1969, the Bell County Commissioners Court acquired the building. Now called the Cora Anderson Building of the Bell County Health District, the Public Health District runs the facility as an outpatient health clinic, though it preserves the building’s original mission of serving the poor and disenfranchised.
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18315.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 17, 1953.
Location. 31° 5.559′ N, 97° 20.878′ W. Marker is in Temple, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is on South 9th Street, 0 miles West Ave E, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 S 9th St, Temple TX 76504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bernard Moore Temple (approx. ¼ mile away); Grace United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); W. Goodrich Jones (approx. half a mile away); Pool of Tears Veterans Memorial
Cora Anderson Negro Hospital Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 29, 2019
2. Cora Anderson Negro Hospital Marker Area
(approx. half a mile away); Site of Organization of the Texas Forestry Association (approx. half a mile away); City of Temple (approx. half a mile away); Knob Creek Lodge No. 401 (approx. half a mile away); Temple Public Library (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Temple.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 143 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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