In observance of Black History Month, the City of Jacksonville is spotlighting a location of historical significance each week throughout February.
Brewster Hospital: Founded by the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, Brewster Hospital opened in 1901, becoming the first to serve African Americans patients on the First Coast and throughout Florida. In addition to patient care services, Brewster served as a training center for Black medical professionals across the nation. With the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, African Americans had access to more healthcare facilities, eventually leading to the hospital's closure in 1966. The original building was relocated in 2005 to the corner of Monroe and Davis streets, where it still stands.
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