Candidate for Governor Woody Myers to Speak at Historical Marker Dedication

Candidate for Governor Woody Myers to Speak at Historical Marker Dedication

Indianapolis, IND – Indiana Candidate for Governor Dr. Woody Myers (D) will speakSaturday, August 17, at the dedication of a historical marker honoring Indiana African-American surgeon and hospital administrator Joseph Ward.  

Dr. Ward was barred from treating African-Americans at City Hospital, so he opened his own private hospital in 1907 in Indianapolis. Lt. Col. Ward also served with the all-black 92nd Division in World War One and went on to become the first African-American commander of the segregated Veterans Hospital No. 91 in Tuskegee, Alabama.   

The effort to get the historical marker began several years ago when Ph.D. student Leon Bates came across Dr. Ward’s story while researching the Indianapolis Police Department. He submitted the application for the marker in June of 2018 and it was approved. A small group of volunteers then raised the funds needed to pay for the marker and submitted them to the Indiana Historical Bureau.  

Who: Dr. Woody Myers and others will speak 

What: A State Historical Marker will be dedicated honoring Lt. Col. Joseph Ward, M.D. 

Where: Northwest Corner of West 21st Street at North Boulevard Place, Indianapolis 

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 a.m. EDT

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