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Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Charles Richard Drew

1904 - 1950

 
 
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By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
1. Charles Richard Drew Marker
Inscription.
Charles Richard Drew
1904 - 1950
Black scientist and surgeon
Pioneer in the preservation of blood plasma
Medical director of the Blood-for-Britain Project, 1940
Director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank, 1941
Teacher to a generation of American doctors, Freedmen's Hospital, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Outstanding athlete, Amherst College and McGill University
Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Steadfast foe of racial injustice
Died in Alamance General Hospital 1 April, 1950, after an automobile accident at this site
"There must always be the continuing struggle to make the increasing knowledge of the world bear some fruit in increased understanding and in the production of human happiness". Charles R. Drew

 
Erected 1986 by Alamance County, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Friends.
 
Location. 36° 7.726′ N, 79° 20.775′ W. Marker is in Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on NC Highway 49, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is north of the town of Haw River, on the left. Located in front of the fence at Mebane Shrubbery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1750 N NC Highway 49, Burlington NC 27217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Charles Richard Drew Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
2. Charles Richard Drew Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nathaniel Polk DeShong (approx. 2.9 miles away); Thomas M. Holt (approx. 3.2 miles away); McCray School (approx. 4 miles away); Henry Jerome Stockard (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bingham School (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pleasant Grove High School (approx. 4.3 miles away); J. Spencer Love (approx. 4.4 miles away); Glencoe Mill (approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
Also see . . .  Charles Richard Drew - Ideafinder.com. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Medicine, African-Americans,
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Charles Richard Drew Marker in front of Mebane Shrubbery image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
3. Charles Richard Drew Marker in front of Mebane Shrubbery
The Back of the Charles Richard Drew Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, May 22, 2010
4. The Back of the Charles Richard Drew Marker
Charles Richard Drew image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
5. Charles Richard Drew
This 1953 portrait of Charles R. Drew by Betsy Graves Reyneau hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1940 with German bombers dropping their deadly cargoes daily on British cities, England stood in desperate need of blood supplies for its thousands of wounded civilians. To fill this shortage, the British turned to the African American physician Charles Drew, America's recognized pioneer in the preservation and storage of blood. Drew expeditiously organized the Blood Transfusion Association, and the crisis in war-torn England's hospitals was met. A year later, Drew became the medical director of the American Red Cross's blood-donor project, and it was largely because of his expertise that this enterprise saved many American lives during the war. Yet when the Red Cross ordered that all non-Caucasian blood be stored separately, Drew resigned, stating that there were no scientific or medical reasons for classifying blood by race. Today Drew is universally deemed the ‘Father of the Blood Bank.’” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,005 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 25, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.   5. submitted on November 30, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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