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Remembering the Day of Dedication: The Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital (1952-1973)

Allen University is continuously researching individuals affiliated with the Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital. If you have any information on these individuals to contribute, please submit the additional information for the blog to Robin Foster, historian and genealogist, at robinfoster@genealogyjustask.com.



Allen University is in the process of preparing for preserving the history and legacy of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital which was dedicated in 1952 on the 2200 block of Hampton Street in Columbia, South Carolina.


It was "the first state-of the-art medical facility to serve Columbia's African American community from 1952-1973." Allen University is campaigning for the Waverly Wall Museum. The following photo appeared in The State paper on the day after the dedication.

State (Columbia, South Carolina), April 24, 1952: 15. NewsBank: South Carolina Historical Newspapers.https://infoweb-newsbank-com.rlsc.idm.oclc.org/apps/news/document-view?p=EANX-NB&docref=image/v2%3A11210D30DA68B248%40EANX-NB-14731277B34CF0CE%402434127-14731055B2F1C02A%4014-14731055B2F1C02A%40.



We know that former employees and patients hold a special place in their heart for this great place. If you know someone who worked there or was a patient or who was born there we need to have their contact information. We would like to have copies of photos, news articles, and your stories to make this a real success!


Below is another photo that was in The State paper. It shows some of the dignitaries there at the dedication:


- Rev. M. E. Cox, of Ladson Presbyterian Church

- Winfred Mundle, local manager of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company

- Bishop Frank Madison Reid, SC diocese of AME Church

- C. A. Johnson, superintendent of hospital and retired educator

- Dr. T. Carl McFall, president of Palmetto Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical Association and member of hospital planning board of the State Board of Health

- Rev. J. P. Reeder, pastor of Zion Baptist Church

- Dr. H. D. Monteith, Columbia physician

- Max Citron, chairman of the hospital board of trustees




State (Columbia, South Carolina), April 24, 1952: 15. NewsBank: South Carolina Historical Newspapers.https://infoweb-newsbank-com.rlsc.idm.oclc.org/apps/news/document-view?p=EANX-NB&docref=image/v2%3A11210D30DA68B248%40EANX-NB-14731277B34CF0CE%402434127-14731055B2F1C02A%4014-14731055B2F1C02A%40.



The dedicatory address was delivered by Bishop Reid. The topic that he chose was "Bridges That Live." He said that "In dedicating this hospital we must view the achievement from a broader horizon than just a materially beautiful structure. We must catch a glimpse of the spiritual bridges of human relationship, inter-racial good will and highways of human welfare that are built by the citizens of Columbia--which made

Columbia not only a leader in these highways in the state of South Carolina but in the entire South-land."


Below is the article that was included the photos:


State (Columbia, South Carolina), April 24, 1952: 15. NewsBank: South Carolina Historical Newspapers.https://infoweb-newsbank-com.rlsc.idm.oclc.org/apps/news/document-view?p=EANX-NB&docref=image/v2%3A11210D30DA68B248%40EANX-NB-14731277B34CF0CE%402434127-14731055B2F1C02A%4014-14731055B2F1C02A%40.

State (Columbia, South Carolina), April 24, 1952: 15. NewsBank: South Carolina Historical Newspapers.https://infoweb-newsbank-com.rlsc.idm.oclc.org/apps/news/document-view?p=EANX-NB&docref=image/v2%3A11210D30DA68B248%40EANX-NB-14731277B34CF0CE%402434127-14731055B2F1C02A%4014-14731055B2F1C02A%40.



We will look back weekly on Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital, and we can include your memories. Just E-mail me: robinfoster@genealogyjustask.com.


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