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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit" / Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses"

 
 
Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit" Marker side one image. Click for full size.
By Betty Etheredge, October 24, 2020
1. Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit" Marker side one
Inscription.  
Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit"
Columbia Hospital, est. 1892, opened a segregated wing for African Americans in 1934 at its Hampton St. location. In 1943, it built an expanded "Negro Unit" at the NW corner of Harden and Lady Sts. This 4-story facility was designed by architects Lafaye, Lafaye, & Fair and cost $333,000. When opened, it was equipped for 165 patients plus 30 infants. In 1972, Columbia Hospital was replaced by Richland Memorial Hospital.

Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses"
In 1935, Columbia Hospital opened a segregated School of Nursing for African Americans. A first class of ten graduated in 1938. In 1941, a 3-story dormitory for African American nurses was built at the corner of Laurens and Washington Sts. It included classrooms, an auditorium, and a library. By the time the school closed in 1965, more than 400 nurses had graduated. The school was accredited by the state of S.C.
 
Erected 2019 by Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association of Black Nurses. (Marker Number 40-213.)
 
Topics. This historical marker
Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses" Marker side two image. Click for full size.
By Betty Etheredge, October 24, 2020
2. Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses" Marker side two
is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & MedicineWomen.
 
Location. 34° 0.503′ N, 81° 1.23′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Harden Street and Hampton Street, on the right when traveling south on Harden Street. Behind Richland County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1325 Harden St, Columbia SC 29204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waverly (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Calvary Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); The Lighthouse & Informer / John H. McCray (about 700 feet away); Allen University (about 800 feet away); Matthew J. Perry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carver Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fair-Rutherford House / Rutherford House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .  Graduates of Columbia Hospital Nursing Course. The photo from the Richland Library collection (Submitted on November 5, 2020, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina.) 
 
Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Stone-Collum, October 24, 2020
3. Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae
Jean Hopkins, Class of 1950, was the model for the doll she is holding. image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Stone-Collum, October 24, 2020
4. Jean Hopkins, Class of 1950, was the model for the doll she is holding.
Honorary sign erected by City of Columbia image. Click for full size.
By Betty Etheredge, October 24, 2020
5. Honorary sign erected by City of Columbia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2020, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2020, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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