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Roanoke's Black Medical History

A man speaks to a seated audience in front of him.

It was standing room only at the Gainsboro Library as Virginia Tech alum Dr. Conrad Claytor ’77, a retired podiatrist, and historian Jordan Bell led a discussion about Roanoke’s Black Medical History at the Gainsboro Library in Roanoke.

The crowd of nearly 100 — including members of the Gainsboro community, students from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, faculty and staff from Fralin Biological Research Institute, and staff from Carilion Clinic — added their own memories and insights to the discussion of Burrell Hospital, Claytor Memorial Clinic, and the medical professionals who cared for Black patients during segregation.

The free lecture was co-sponsored by the Roanoke Center, Roanoke Public Libraries, and the Roanoke Higher Education Center.