• Jesse Jackson visits historic hospital in Memphis

    By: Lauren Coleman

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Hundreds gathered at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church in downtown Memphis Monday evening to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a historic facility in Memphis.

    The CME church is launching a three million dollar health care project to revitalize the Collins Chapel Hospital in Memphis.

    Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. is chair of the project.

    “This will let people know that quality affordable healthcare is available in their community with a well-known and trusted name,” Williamson said.

    The hospital, founded in 1910, severed the black community during the period of racial segregation in Memphis.

    The hospital closed in 1980 and now the community is looking to change it into a rehabilitation center.

    “In this present day we must specialize in our community for an aging community and a changing environment,” Williamson said.

    Many prominent figures were born in the hospital to include the president of LeMoyne-Owen College.

    “I was born there, my brother was born there and not a lot of people realize it was a place where women could go and have their babies,” President Andrea Lewis Miller said.

    Civil Rights Leader and healthcare advocate Jesse action served as the keynote speaker.

    “Our Christian mission is to call and preach the gospel of good news to the poor to heal the broken hearted those whose backs are against the wall,” Jackson said.

    The project is expected to be complete in November 2017. 

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