Collin College will host “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” a National Library of Medicine exhibit, from May 28 to July 6 at the Central Park Campus Library (2200 W. University Drive in McKinney).

The exhibit, concentrated on African Americans in Civil War medicine, will feature two lecturers during its stay: The lectures will also be held at the Central Park Campus Library.

“Civil War and Nursing”

Presented by Judy Hembd, professor of nursing

Thursday, May 30, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“Realities of the Civil War”

Presented by Frank Mayhew, professor of history

Thursday, June 27, 1 p.m.

Bobbie Long, executive director of Central Park Campus Library, said the exhibit reveals aspects of the Civil War many history textbooks don’t discuss.

“Attendees will learn about the day-to-day horror of providing medical care with limited means and the role African Americans, both freedmen and former slaves, played,” Long said.

In partnership with the Collin County Historical Society and Museum, the library will also present “Artifacts from Collin County During the Civil War Years.” This exhibit, which will run concurrently with the National Library of Medicine exhibit, includes historical memorabilia such as a quilt made in McKinney during the 1860s, a Sibley stove used in the Civil war to warm the tents, a reproduction of a ceremonial Confederate general's uniform and letters and photos from Collin County residents who went to war.


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