In 1847 Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first African American woman to graduate from medical school in New York, was born free in New York to a prominent African American landowning family in Weeksville. That same year, James Marion Sims, known as “the father of modern gynecology”, was conducting gynecological research on enslaved African American women in Alabama.
Please join the Weeksville Heritage Center on September 8th, for a day of programming that focuses reproductive and birth justice as a response to systemic disparity in the experience of childbirth and high rates of maternal infant mortality among black women.
With the 2017 removal of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from Central Park and its interment at the Green Wood Cemetery; and the growing disparity in maternal death rates among black women in the United States, the Weeksville Heritage Center invites you take part in a two part event that assembles a number of distinguished scholars, writers, journalists and artists for a series of conversations and workshops exploring the reverberations of these issues in American politics, intellectual life, and the arts.
More details to come!