Dunbar Hospital

Registered Site L0478A

Dunbar Hospital

At the time of World War I, health care for black Detroiters was inferior to that available for whites. Black physicians could not join the staffs of Detroit's white hospitals. On May 20, 1918, thirty black doctors, members of the Allied Medical Society (now the Detroit Medical Society) incorporated Dunbar Hospital, the city's first non-profit community hospital for the black population. It also housed the first black nursing school in Detroit. Located in a reform-minded neighborhood, this area was the center of a social and cultural emergence of the black residents of the city during the 1920s. In 1928 Dunbar moved to a larger facility and was later renamed Parkside, operating under that name until 1962. In 1978 the Detroit Medical Society, an affiliate of the National Medical Association, purchased the site for their administrative headquarters and a museum.
photo of Dunbar Hospital

Marker in Storage
Erected 1979

Location: 580 Frederick
Detroit, Wayne County

Black History
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Public Buildings

Evidence indicates that this Marker is no longer in place.

Latitude: 42.361778, Longitude: -83.058808

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