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Good Samaritan Hospital

28 Jun

Good Samaritan Hospital, or “Good Sam” as it was known in the black community during the days of segregation was one of the first hospitals set aside for blacks.  Located at 411 West Hill Street in Third Ward it was started in 1891 by the Episcopal Church who was instrumental in starting several public service institutions in Charlotte including Saint Peter’s Hospital and Thompson Orphanage.(1)  Other North Carolina cities soon followed suit with St. Agnes in Raleigh and Colored Community Hospital in Wilmington.

After the public hospitals started accepting African American patients in the late 1950s (still in separate wards with black nurses), Good Sam closed in 1961.  The building was later acquired by the Carolina’s Health Care System which turned the building into a nursing home.

This is the front of Good Samaritan Hospital, which was established for African Americans in the early 20th century.

 Good Samaritan Hospital, (Courtesy Google Images)

After Charlotte gained their NFL team, the future of the building and the neighborhood became cloudy.  When the team decided to build what is now Bank of American Stadium in Third Ward,  the fate of the old hospital and   neighboring buildings including Isabella Wyche School was sealed.  Both buildings were lost to the wreaking ball in the early 1990’s.  The site is now in the middle of Bank of America Stadium:

West Hill Street

 

But memories of Good Sam was still in the minds of those who worked there, had family to receive care there and those that tried to preserve the building.  A historic plaque was placed on the site of the hospital on the north side of the stadium:

Courtesy cityunwrapped.com via Google Images

Courtesy cityunwrapped.com via Google Images

 

I encourage my readers to read more about the places and people that I will be profiling on this blog.  To read more about Good Sam, please check out these sites:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission: http://www.cmhpf.org/Surveys/surveybytopicafam.htm

Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: http://www.cmstory.org/history/timeline/default.asp?tp=11&ev=223

 

Notes:

(1) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, Old Good Samaritan Hospital – Historical Review. Hanchett, Thomas W., Dr., and Huffman, William H., Dr. prepared March 6, 1985.  Report by Dr. Dan R. Morrill

 

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