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Americus in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Americus Colored Hospital

 
 
Americus Colored Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
1. Americus Colored Hospital Marker
Inscription.  One of the earliest hospitals in southwest Georgia devoted to the care of African Americans, the Americus Colored Hospital opened in 1923. The majority of the funds needed to build the hospital were provided by Dr. W.S. Prather. Practice in the hospital was open to doctors of all races and so provided opportunities for black doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who were unable to practice in many hospitals throughout the South. The hospital suffered financial difficulties throughout its history, but remained in use by the African-American community until Sumter Regional Hospital was constructed under the Hill Burton Act in 1953.
 
Erected 2008 by Georgia Historical Society and the City Federation of Colored Women Club. (Marker Number 129-2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 32° 4.63′ N, 84° 14.055′ W. Marker is in Americus, Georgia
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, in Sumter County. Marker is on J. R. Campbell Sr. Street just east of Cotton Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 J R Campbell Sr Street, Americus GA 31709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Hospitals (approx. 0.3 miles away); Founders Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sumter County Courthouse Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Prather Clinic (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Flood of July 1994 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Presbyterian Church of Americus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington Elm Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sumter County (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Americus.
 
Americus Colored Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
2. Americus Colored Hospital Marker
Americus Colored Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
3. Americus Colored Hospital Marker
The marker in front of the former hospital
Americus Colored Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
4. Americus Colored Hospital Marker
The main entrance to the former Americus Colored Hospital building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 4, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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