New Library Exhibit for Black History Month

February 12, 2019

The Library’s current exhibit has two distinct parts and recognizes the contributions of African Americans during the Civil War and afterward.

“Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.  Our thanks to the National Library of Medicine for the use of parts of their exhibit.

Part two of the exhibit hits much closer to home. The Bordentown School is often referred to as “The Tuskegee of the North” for their advanced concept of quality education for African Americans.  Debra Butler, who works in the Dean’s office, has provided us with information and memorabilia about this ground-breaking school in Burlington County. Debra’s parents attended the school which was very well respected for providing African American youth with both an education in the classics as well as training in a trade.

This exhibit will be available for viewing during Black History Month, so please stop by the Library to see it.