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Meek Eaton unveils new exhibit honoring black medicine

You can visit the museum on FAMU's campus
Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 18:01:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Here in Tallahassee, there's a long history of African American achievement and you can find much of that history on display at the Meek Eaton Black Archives on Florida A&M University's campus.

The museum just unveiled a new exhibit that takes a look at medicine in the black community.

At Florida A&M University, the Meek Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum puts black history on full display.

The latest exhibit, African-American Pioneers in Medicine & Science, details the black doctors, nurses, and pharmacists that transformed medicine right here in Tallahassee.

"This campus and this hospital will live with me for many many years. As long as I live," said Dorothy Mae Plummer.

Dorothy delivered her daughter DeZella at Florida A&M Hospital.

At the time, it was the only hospital for black people in the Tallahassee area.

"When Mama was on campus in 1964 and gave birth to me, part of her experience was feeling accepted and a part of. Not less than," said DeZella.

Memories of those days now sit on display in the exhibit.

"I'm an old doctor, that's hung around for a long time," said that Dr. A.D. Brickler.

If you look at one of the wall's in the exhibit, you'll quickly learn that Dr. Brickler is much more than a doctor.

"I became involved with around town, as far as black history is concerned, the integration of TMH," said Dr. Brickler.

In his career, Dr. Brickler is estimated to have delivered between 30,000 and 35,000 babies.

"A lot of nights without sleep, that's all I can think of," said Dr. Brickler.

Now his legacy lives on with the tens of thousands of children he helped bring into the world and his display at Meek Eaton.

"If I were a crying kind of guy, I'd have a tear in my eye, but I'm not a crying kind of guy so I'll let it go at that," said Dr. Brickler.

You can visit the museum on FAMU's campus Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.