In 1885, the death rate for black Atlantans was 2.5 times greater than whites. By 1900, the black death rate exceeded the white by 69%. African American deaths accounted for 50% of the city’s deaths, while only accounting for 40% of its population.

Crawford Long, Piedmont, Emory University Hospital, Georgia Baptist, Egleston Hospital for Children, St. Joseph's Infirmary, and the Scottish Rite Hospital were only available for the white population of Atlanta, so hospitals for black Atlanta were a dire necessity. 

This week, I'm talking about five that opened in the years from 1900 - 1945, as well as the doctors and nurses that made them happen. 


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