Unsung Heroes of Black History Month
February 1 - 28
Library Services and the Diversity Advisory Council are honoring some of the lesser-known heroes of Black history this month.
Explore these library resources to learn more about their incredible achievements.
Did you know that February is also American Heart Month? Dr. Williams established the country's first interracial hospital in 1891, the Provident Hospital. In 1893, he gained national attention when he became the first doctor to successfully perform open heart surgery, on a stabbing victim who had been rushed to the hospital. His patient, a young Black man named James Cornish, lived another 50 years. In 1913, Dr. Williams became the first African American to be inducted into the American College of Surgeons.
Source: Daniel Hale Williams. (1992). In Contemporary Black Biography (Vol. 2). Gale. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/K1606000260/BIC?u=landerulib&sid=bookmark-BIC&xid=864f58f4