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Delighted 150th Birthday to Colorado’s initially Black female medical professional!!

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January 22, 2021, marks Dr. Justina Ford‘s 150th birthday and on this working day the Black American West Museum (BAWM) celebrates her contribution to the well being of the point out with a live streamed tribute.

Dr. Justina Ford

The two-hour occasion showcases not only birthday greetings and interviews from her remaining patients and neighborhood members, but also a variety of performances such as a reenactment of Dr. Ford’s only identified interview and the very first ever community display of the handwritten letter to the Colorado Clinical Modern society that files her shipping and delivery of 7,000 toddlers in her 50-yr job.

The broadcast, sponsored by Denver Local community Media, can take location at the oldest African American house of worship in the Rocky Mountain West, Zion Baptist Church, where by Ford was the moment the ‘First Lady’.

Subsequent the current issuance of a state proclamation that acknowledges her medical treatment to Colorado, her date of beginning will now be forevermore be recognized as ’Dr. Justina Ford Day’, 

Dr. Ford was the very first licensed female African American health care provider in Colorado however for the reason that of her race and gender, she was denied obtain to exercise medication at local hospitals. In its place, her dwelling in 5 Details, once the key district for Denver’s African American and immigrant communities, served as her clinical office from 1911-1952. 

Several of Dr. Ford’s Black and Hispanic clients faced similar discrimination at city hospitals thanks to race and financial class. Dr. Ford frequently accepted providers and foodstuff things in lieu of payment. When she did a house phone to a home that was lacking in meals or warmth, she generally sent a basket of groceries or coal subsequent her visit.

She is best acknowledged for her obstetrics and pediatric do the job, and a lot of individuals knew her as the “Baby Doctor”. 

BAWM provides this historic function with the money assist of the Bank of Colorado, US Lender and Denver Clinical Culture. It is a one of a kind chance to rejoice and reflect Dr. Ford’s everyday living and her commitment to raising obtain for citizens and serving all clients in need of wellness treatment.

Viewing Information

When: Friday, January 22 at 12pm midday

The place: www.bawmhc.org and Denver Group Media on  Comcast Channel 56, 57, 881 Hd, @LambePR – Facebook Dwell