The display follows the history of early pioneers such as Drs. Quinton Belvedre Neal, the first African-American to practice medicine in Texas in 1882 in Goliad, and Frank Bryant Jr., the first African-American to serve on TMA's governing body, the House of Delegates, in 1983. Some were born slaves, such as Franklin R. Robey, MD, of Houston. Some were the children of slaves, such as George M. Munchus, MD, of Fort Worth.
The display features maps, vintage images, and artifacts from the TMA archives and other libraries and collections. A timeline traces key events starting in 1837 and continuing until 2009 when TMA elected its first African-American president, William H. Fleming III, MD, a Houston neurologist. Dr. Fleming worked with TMA staff to develop the title concept for the exhibit. He credits these pioneer African-American physicians with laying the groundwork for later generations.
For more information, contact Betsy Tyson at TMA by telephone at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1552, or (512) 370-1552, or by email.
Action, Feb. 15, 2012