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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers

 
 
Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2008
1. Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker
Inscription. African-American physician Cornelius McKane (1862-1912) was born in British Guiana and began medical practice in Savannah in 1892. Alice Woodby McKane (1865-1948) came to Georgia that same year – the only black female physician in the state at that time. After marrying in 1893, the couple established McKane Training School for Nurses at this location – one of the first such schools in the region. In 1895 they moved to Monrovia, Liberia, where they helped organize several healthcare facilities. There Alice McKane worked as a U.S. medical examiner for expatriate Civil War veterans. After their return to Savannah in 1896, they founded the McKane Hospital for women and children (later Charity Hospital). The McKanes permanently left Savannah in 1909, relocating to Boston.
 
Erected 2008 by Georgia Historical Society and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Marker Number 25-31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.546′ N, 81° 5.895′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Liberty Street near Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker, looking west on Liberty St image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2008
2. Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker, looking west on Liberty St
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path ( within shouting distance of this marker); Central of Georgia ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Savannah ( about 300 feet away); Savannah Besieged ( about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Savannah ( about 400 feet away); Attack on British Lines ( about 400 feet away); Lt. Col John Harris Cruger ( about 700 feet away); Major General Anthony Wayne ( about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. study relationship, see marker shown.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker, looking east at Liberty and Montgomery Sts. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2008
3. Savannah’s African-American Medical Pioneers Marker, looking east at Liberty and Montgomery Sts.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,376 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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