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Carrie Nelson Black

(1859–1936)

 

—Founder, The Breathing Association, 1906 —

 
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By J. J. Prats, March 27, 2015
1. Carrie Nelson Black Face of Marker
Inscription. In 1906. Carrie Nelson Black founded the Columbus Society for the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis. now The Breathing Association. A woman ahead of her time, she volunteered as President and Chief Executive for thirty years, using her keen vision and marked executive ability. Mrs. Black also founded the instructive District Nurses Association (1898), Mother’s Day in Ohio (1911) and the Columbus Cancer Clinic (1921). the first free cancer clinic in the United States. She served as Director of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and initiated building of the first tuberculosis cottages, Open Air School, and Nightingale Cottage. Married to Probate Judge and Columbus Mayor Samuel L. Black, she was a pioneer and health crusader who spent her life in service to humanity. As a visionary and civic leader, Carrie Nelson Black had the ability to motivate others to share her passion to care for those less fortunate.

The Breathing Association was founded in 1906 as the Tuberculosis Society under the leadership of public health advocate Carrie Nelson Black. The society provided nutrition, medical care. and sanitorium services to people who could not afford proper medical care. A tuberculosis dispensary was operated at 40 South Third Street in Columbus for Ohioans needing consultation and treatment. Tuberculosis,
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By J. J. Prats, March 27, 2015
2. The Breathing Association Face of Marker
known as the White Plague, killed one out of nine persons in Columbus during the early 1900s. An Open Air School was established on Neil Avenue in 1913 for children in homes where there were one or more cases of tuberculosis. In 1931, the Nightingale Cottage was opned on Brice Road as a tuberculosis preventorium for children. As tuberculosis became controllable, the agency became focused on emerging lung health issues. Today, The Breathing Association continues as a leading resource on lung health issues and preventing lung disease, and created a smoke-free Columbus in 2005.
 
Erected 2007 by The Ohio Breathing Association, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 101-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 3.116′ N, 83° 3.595′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Henderson Road and Executive Drive, on the right when traveling west on Old Henderson Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1520 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus OH 43220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bill Moose [Crowfoot] (approx. 1.9 miles away);
Marker at The Breathing Association Headquarters, the Dedger Jones Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 27, 2015
3. Marker at The Breathing Association Headquarters, the Dedger Jones Center
Scioto Trail (approx. 1.9 miles away); Beechwold Pillars (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rand P. Hollenback (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ohio State School for the Blind (approx. 2˝ miles away); Clinton Theater / Memory Lane (approx. 2.7 miles away); Clintonville / Clinton Township (approx. 2.7 miles away); East North Broadway Historic District (was approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This other marker is at 40 South Third Street across from the statehouse.
 
Also see . . .  The Breathing Association. 20-page PDF file with a brief history and photographs. “The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis concentrated on: 1. passage of anti-spitting laws and anti-dust legislation, 2. making TB a reportable disease, and 3. launching an educational program. In 1901, Carrie Nelson Black became Chair of the TB Study Committee and concluded after a few years of service through the Instructive District Nurses Association locally, that a separate organization was needed in Columbus to address the devastating disease. Under her leadership, the vision became reality in 1906 with the formation of what is now The Breathing Association.” (Submitted on April 4, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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