Oct. 4 - Presentations/panel discussion: "The Past is Present: Slavery and Medicine in Louisville History"

R!L UofL health disparity researcher presentations panel discussion/recording
When Oct 04, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where CTR 124
Contact Name
Contact Phone 852-0709
Attendees faculty, staff, students, community
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The Past is Present Slavery and Medicine in Louisville History Recording:


This wide-ranging panel discussion highlights important episodes and events in the history of medicine in Louisville and Jefferson County that occurred during the antebellum era of U.S. history. Its purpose is to illustrate the central role of physicians in supporting the system of racial slavery and the role of enslaved persons as experimental subjects in the advancement of medicine.

The presenters for this session are members and founders of the Louisville Coalition on the History of the Enslaved. The coalition consists of a partnership between four Louisville historic houses and former sites of enslavement: Farmington Historic Plantation, Historic Locust Grove, Oxmoor Farm Foundation and Riverside, the Farnsley-Mooreman Landing. Their mission is to "interpret and share the stories of the men, women and children enslaved on their sites and to find relevance between the stories of the past and the events of the present." The directors and curators of these sites will exhibit and discuss selected items from their archives to illustrate how an understanding of the past is key to our efforts today to confront and address the ongoing crises in health disparities and social injustices. Additional materials from the Filson Historical Society also will be examined and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1.  Perceive the importance of slavery in the development of medicine in this United States.

2.  Identify common diseases and medical treatments provided for enslaved and free persons.

3.  Interpret current medical injustices in light of their origination in the antebellum era of racial slavery.



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