Dr. Mary Frances Shuford

Dr. Mary Frances Shuford

In the early 1940’s, during the time of segregation in Asheville, Dr. Mary Frances Shuford led a campaign to establish a hospital for Asheville’s black citizens. Because blacks couldn’t be admitted to the local hospitals, she presided over minor operations like tonsillectomies in a little bedroom off her kitchen with her black cook serving as nurse. Eventually she gathered enough community support to establish the “Asheville Colored Hospital” on Biltmore Avenue where Eugene Ellison’s law offices are now located. This picture shows Dr. Shuford with Montford children in front of a house she converted into a community center in 1967.

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