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Dunbar Hospital

Dunbar Hospital is considered one of the first well-known black hospitals in Detroit.  Similar to Mercy Hospital, which was established the previous year, the influx of black residents in Detroit and disparity in medical access, led 30 black physicians to form the Allied Medical Society and establish Dunbar Hospital in 1918. In 1919, it was named after Black American Ohio poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Both Dunbar and Mercy Hospital specialized in serving African American patients and offering training programs for nurses.


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