[Nashville, Tn. 1934]. Black-and-white photograph, 7 1/2 x 28 inches. Mild surface wear and light creases. Very good. Rolled. Item #WRCAM54506
A marvelous photographic record of the 39th annual convention of the National Medical Association, held at Nashville's Meharry Medical College in August 1934. The National Medical Association was created in 1895 by African American doctors who were repeatedly excluded from admission to the American Medical Association. The organization still exists today, and numbers over 30,000 members. The present panoramic photograph measures over two feet wide, and features a few hundred African-American doctors, mostly male, and some females. Signs for the National Pharmaceutical Association and the convention of the National Association of [Colored] Graduate Nurses. The NPA broke off from the NMA and became a separate entity in the 1940s. The NACGN accepted an invitation to merge with the American Nurses Association in 1949, dissolving in 1951. "Conceived in no spirit of racial exclusiveness, fostering no ethnic antagonism, but born of the exigencies of the American environment, the National Medical Association has for its object the banding together for mutual cooperation and helpfulness, the men and women of African descent who are legally and honorably engaged in the practice of the cognate professions of medicine, surgery, pharmacy and dentistry" - Dr. C.V. Roman, founding member and first editor of the JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. A rare glimpse into the faces of African-American medical professionals during the Great Depression.