Event Details

  • Everyday from 12/17/2012 to 01/26/2013

    Location: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee Information: free! Contact Name: Emily G. Prigot Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 508-996-4095 x 6105

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" is a free exhibit which explores the participation and contribution of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers during the Civil War.  This traveling exhibit's curator, Jill L. Newmark will speak on the project during the January AHA! night on the evening of January 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM.  She will focus her presentation on the Powell family and their connections to New Bedford.

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" is a traveling exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.   This eight-panel exhibit, curated by Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine, contains links to New Bedford history. William P. Powell, Jr., born in New Bedford and son of William P. and Mercy (Haskins) Powell served as a contract Union surgeon during the Civil War and the exhibit touches on his history. According to Newmark, Exhibition Registrar of the National Library of Medicine, the exhibit, "brings a voice to those who have remained silent for nearly 150 years."


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