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Tuesday Talks: Dr. Webster Sewell
April 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join historian Teresa Lachin as we explore the life, medical career, and perseverance of Dr. Webster Sewell, a 1930 graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine who practiced medicine during the 1930s and during and after World War II. He subsequently operated a medical clinic and “Birthing Center,” an in-patient facility in Norbeck, Maryland, where he treated any patient who needed care – black or white – regardless of ability to pay. Known as one of the few black doctors in Montgomery County, Dr. Sewell was a tireless advocate for equality in medical care. His long life and professional career are examined within the context of the “black hospital movement,” a self-help endeavor initiated in the 1920s as a response to the glaring inequalities of segregated and separate medicine in America.