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John Henry Hale

John Henry Hale lived from 1878 to 1944 and was a prominent surgeon, professor, and philanthropist who played a prominent role in establishing the black medical community.

Called the "Dean of American Negro surgeons," Hale conducted over 30,000 surgeries, mainly at Meharry Medical College and Millie E. Hale Hospital. Hale and his wife Millie launched Millie E. Hale Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee following the sudden death of their infant son. The hospital was charged with caring for Nashville's black community. Hale and his wife converted their home into a community center where they provided medical and home care and distributed food for the local black community.


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