Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Dr. Harold Dadford West, Sr.
In 1927, Dr. West came to Meharry Medical College as Associate Professor of Chemistry. A 1930 Julius Rosenwald Fellowship Recipient and a 1935 Fellow of the General Education Board, he returned to Meharry to serve as the first Ph. D on faculty as Professor and Chairman of the Biochemistry Department. In 1952, Dr. West was elected Meharry's first Black American President. At that time, more than 50 percent of the Black American physicians and dentists practicing in the U.S. were Meharry Medical College graduates. Dr. West resigned from the presidency in 1966 and continued his research, teaching, and writing until his death in 1974.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 173.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 36° 10.067′ N, 86° 48.571′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of Meharry Boulevard and 21st Avenue North, on the right when traveling east on Meharry Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37208, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Donley Harold Turpin, D. D. S. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meharry Medical College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Desegregating Nashville's Lunch Counters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hulda Margaret Lyttle (approx. ¼ mile away); Academic Building At Fisk University (approx. ¼ mile away); Talley-Brady Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas W. Talley (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Meharry Medical College. Short history of the college. (Submitted on January 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,346 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.