FAMU installs historical marker

A historical marker representing a former hospital was installed Friday.

Florida A&M administrators, alumni, faculty, students, staff and former employees and members of the medical community celebrated the historical marker, which was placed on the corner of Palmer Avenue and South Adams Street.

Interim President Larry Robinson gave the audience a brief history of FAMU Hospital and its accomplishments. He said the hospital served as the only medical facility within a 150-mile radius for African-Americans in Tallahassee.

“The African-American citizens that live in this region and trained here go out into the world and do good on behalf of the citizens everywhere,” Robinson said.

Donald Palm, assistant vice president of academic affairs, said the hospital was a major teaching center and provided outstanding clinical training for research.

“Countless doctors, nurses, health care educators and concerned citizens had hospital creation and expansion,” Palm said.

According to Michael Zimny, historical site director with the state department, the marker makes Foote-Hilyer a designated Florida heritage landmark for FAMU.  

“This marker tells the remarkable story of the FAMU Hospital, ” Zimny said. “Being the only medical facility to serve African-Americans in Tallahassee and ushered in the nursing and pharmacy program.”

Lillie Muse, a senior library technical assistant at FAMU, enjoyed the unveiling of the hospital, where she was born.

“It’s great that they made a historical marker here,” Muse said.