GREENSBORO, NC- A North Carolina Highway Marker will soon recognize the fight behind a court case that helped end segregation at hospitals across the nation.
In 1962, Dr. Blount who was a surgeon at Cone Health and 10 other African-Americans filed a lawsuit with the hospital that led to integration of hospitals across the state. Among those who led the effort also included dentist and NAACP President, Dr. George C. Simkins.
Dr. Blount fought against Moses Cone Memorial and Wesley Long Hospitals for the right for black medical professionals to be able to care for black patients.
Recently, Cone Health held a ceremony to honor Dr. Blount, 94, for his efforts. The hospital also apologized for the injustices imposed on black doctors’ years ago.
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Dr. Blount was also presented with a brick used to build Moses Cone in the ‘50s.
The Highway Marker Dedication will be held on November 1 at noon on North Elm Street beside Cone Hospital in Greensboro.
Secretary Susan Kluttz, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources said, “Many North Carolina Highway Historical markers, including this one, acknowledge the contributions of North Carolinians seeking justice.”
Kluttz said the many markers, “Honor the Greensboro Sit-In, Black Wall Street, Romance Bearden and other events that acknowledge an important part of our state’s history.”