Exhibit on African American Surgeons Coming to SCC

Opening Doors
Freedmens Hospital, Howard University, 1903

Did you know one of the pioneers of African American surgeons went to medical school right here in Nebraska?

You can find out more about the history of Dr. Claude Organ and many others at Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons at Southeast Community College beginning Aug. 29. 

The exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It has traveled throughout the United States since 2007 to libraries, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.

It will be located in the Library Resource Center on SCC’s Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St.

“In the words of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, one of the pioneer academic black surgeons highlighted in the exhibition, we hope our exhibition will ‘inspire, stimulate, and raise aspirations’ through the inspiring stories and important achievements of these black academic surgeons,” said Jill Newmark, curator and manager of the Traveling Exhibition Service.

The display will feature historic pictures and facts about the first hospitals and surgeons, as well as current physicians who are making strides in the field today.

One of the featured surgeons, Organ received his medical degree from Creighton University in 1952. He remained there to complete his internship and residency and quickly moved up the ladder to become the first African American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school in 1971.

The display will be open to the public from Aug. 29 to October 8.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher Haggar
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
ahaggar@southeast.edu