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Middlesex County African-American Response to An Earlier Epidemic

The newspaper article below shows how the African-American community in Middlesex County, Virginia organized to fight the poliomyelitis epidemic in the mid-twentieth century. We don’t have the exact date of the article nor the name of the publication; however, the article is believed to have been published between the fall of 1941 and the spring of 1942, and may have been in The Southside Sentinel. Interestingly enough, the probable date of the article’s publication coincides with the launching of the March of Dimes-funded Tuskegee Infantile Paralysis Center. The article is from the papers of Gladys Cauthorne White (1912-2003), courtesy of Bessida Cauthorne White.

 

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