By AFRO Staff
Did you know that Provident Hospital was one of the first medical facilities for Blacks in Baltimore? The hospital opened in 1894 with 10 beds in a small private dwelling in the northwest section of the city.
The founders, largely Black physicians practicing in the city, acted in a dual capacity as members of the hospital’s medical staff and members of the Board of Trustees.
The hospital had three main purposes: to be an institution where people of color could be helped by physicians of their same race; be a place where colored physicians can develop their skills; and, lastly, to serve as a well organized training school for nurses.
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Verda Welcome (1907 – 1990)
Did you know that Verda Welcome, although largely underrepresented, was a trailblazer in her own right? She wasn’t just the first African-American woman elected to the Maryland State Senate, but in 1958, she became the first African-American woman to be elected to the Maryland House of Delegates.
Her election to the state senate came four years later, making her the only African-American woman to hold a senate seat in the entire country. Senator Welcome was most noted for her dedication to public education and civil rights legislation.