An excerpt from the documentary “City of Good Samaritans: Memphis Medicine, 1819-1962”. In 1878 a Yellow Fever epidemic struck Memphis resulting in over 5,000 deaths.
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Hamilton County Pioneers - the Ryall Family
During the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, many families retreated out to ... He died at Arlington, Va. Jack lived at Memphis, Atlanta and later at Oak Ridge. Leo married Fern Brouhard.
The fight against injustice: Remembering Ida B. Wells during Black History Month
In 1878, Wells went to visit her grandmother. While she was there she was informed that a yellow fever epidemic had hit her hometown ... forced to move her family of five younger siblings to Memphis, ...
Yellow Fever in America
more than half of Memphis' 47,000 residents flee when yellow fever reaches their city. April 29: President Rutherford B. Hayes signs the Quarantine Act of 1878 into law. It gives the Marine ...
Major American Epidemics of Yellow Fever (1793-1905)
Mississippi Valley; May-Oct 1878; 20,000 dead Starting in New Orleans, this epidemic ... residents of Memphis fled the city; more than 5,000 died that summer of yellow fever.