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L’Ouverture Hospital

 
 
L’Ouverture Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2017
1. L’Ouverture Hospital Marker
Inscription. Named for Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian revolutionary. L’Ouverture Hospttal opened early in 1864 near the Freedmen’s barracks in Alexandria to serve sick and injured United States Colored Troops (USCT). Designed by the U.S. Army, the hospital complex could accommodate about 700 patients and occupied the city block just south of here. The hospital also served African American civilians, many of whom had escaped from slavery and sought refuge in Alexandria. In Dec. 1864, more than 400 patients led a successful protest demanding that USCTs be buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, with full honors, rather than at the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery.
 
Erected 2012 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-134.)
 
Location. 38° 48.284′ N, 77° 3.245′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Prince Street east of South West Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1302 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. L'Overture Hospital HQ (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (about 400 feet
L’Ouverture Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2017
2. L’Ouverture Hospital Marker
away, measured in a direct line); 1323 Duke Street – From Slavery to Freedom and Service (about 400 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Capt. James McGuire House (about 500 feet away); James Harris House (about 500 feet away); The Duke Street Tanyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 1 (approx. Ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. There was a delay in erecting and dedicating this marker. It was cast in 2012 and dedicated November 19, 2016.
 
Also see . . .  History of L’Ouverture Hospital. “In 1864 and 1865, about 1,400 patients were admitted to L’Ouverture. The hospital was built to accommodate up to 600 at a time, but a December 17, 1864 census of Washington area hospitals indicated that 617 of its 717 beds were occupied. The patients’ records with names, dates of admission, causes for hospitalization, and resolution (release, transfer, death) have been transcribed by the Alexandria Archeology Museum. Most were admitted because of disease, and many patients stayed for weeks and months at a time.”

“No historic images were found of L'Ouverture Hospital.” (Submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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