July 22, 2022
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Harrison Museum of African American Culture
1 Market Square SE #2, Roanoke, VA 24011

NL Bishop, senior associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with representatives of the community will introduce incoming medical students to the rich history of Roanoke, with an emphasis on the history of Black medicine.

This is an optional field trip for those who are arriving on registration day, July 22, 2022. Interested parties are welcome to go to the Harrison Museum and learn more about Roanoke's history. 

Burrell Memorial Hospital and the Harrison Museum

Come and learn some of the history of the Burrell Memorial Hospital, medicine and healthcare in the African American community. The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing, preserving and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors. The organizations’ s purpose is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent.

The former Burrell Memorial Hospital, that served the African American community during the days of segregation, is prominently featured in the Museum including photographs and some original artifacts. The hospital existed from 1918 until the 1970s when it began to be operated by Carilion Clinic as a home for adults and later, as a skilled nursing facility. The hospital held a very significant role in the African American community and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was honored with the placement of a historical marker at the site in March 2021.