Of the 12,000 surgeons who served during the Civil War, only 14 were African-Americans. Seven worked in The Contraband Hospital, which is now a teaching hospital at Howard University.
During the Civil War, some 40,000 slaves sought freedom in D.C., according to Jill Newmark, exhibition specialist for the National Library of Medicine. She spoke last week at Twinbrook Library as part of a Black History Month program sponsored in cooperation with Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries and the Montgomery County Historical Society.
NORTH BETHESDA – Josiah Henson was born a slave near Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland in 1789. After his family’s master’s death, Henson was separated from his family. His mother, who had been sold to Montgomery County plantation owner Isaac Riley, pleaded with her new master to purchase Josiah so she could at least have her youngest child with her.
ROCKVILLE – The Union victory over Confederate forces in Antietam, Maryland in September of 1862 gave President Abraham Lincoln the political capital to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863.