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Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Old Brewster Hospital

Old Brewster Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 25, 2014
1. Old Brewster Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1885 as a private residence, Old Brewster Hospital and Nursing Training School was the first medical facility to serve Jacksonville’s African-American community. Located in the LaVilla neighborhood, the hospital opened in 1901 through the efforts of the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Matilda Cutting Brewster of Danielson, Connecticut, donated $1,000 in honor of her late husband, the Rev. George A. Brewster, to help start the hospital. Brewster Hospital was sponsored by the nearby Boylan Industrial Home and School, a private institution for African-American girls. One of the earliest nursing training programs in Florida, its students were welcomed by the community and made 1,230 house calls in 1901. The hospital soon outgrew its first facility, and in 1910 relocated to a different part of LaVilla. By 1931, it was located in a large brick building on North Jefferson Street in the Old Sugar Hill neighborhood. With the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Brewster Hospital closed in 1966 and reopened in 1967 as the Methodist Hospital. In 2005, the Old Brewster Hospital building was moved to its present
Old Brewster Hospital Marker with building. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 25, 2014
2. Old Brewster Hospital Marker with building.
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location from its original site at 915 West Monroe Street.
A Florida Heritage Site

Erected 2012 by The Brewster and Community Nurses Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-742.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 30° 19.858′ N, 81° 40.091′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of West Monroe Street and North Davis Street, on the left when traveling east on West Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 915 W Monroe St, Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Hatch (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Rosamond Johnson (about 700 feet away); James Weldon Johnson (about 700 feet away); The Line of Intrenchments (approx. ¼ mile away); Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ossachite (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Milton Bryan Simpson (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2022