Savannah's African-American Medical Pioneers

Savannah's African-American Medical Pioneers (HM7KB)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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N 32° 4.546', W 81° 5.895'

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African-American physician Cornelius McKane (1862-1912) was born in British Guiana and began medical practice in Savannah in 1892. Alice Woodby McKane (1865-1948) came to Georgia that same year - the only black female physician in the state at that time. After marrying in 1893, the couple established McKane Training School for Nurses at this location - one of the first such schools in the region. In 1895 they moved to Monrovia, Liberia, where they helped organize several healthcare facilities. There Alice McKane worked as a U.S. medical examiner for expatriate Civil War veterans. After their return to Savannah in 1896, they founded the McKane Hospital for women and children (later Charity Hospital). The McKanes permanently left Savannah in 1909, relocating to Boston.
HM NumberHM7KB
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-31
Year Placed2008
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 1:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490727 N 3548838
Decimal Degrees32.07576667, -81.09825000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.546', W 81° 5.895'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 32.76" N, 81° 5' 53.70" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 416-498 W Liberty St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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