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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The yellow fever epidemic of 1878 claimed some 366 local lives during ... And several doctors and others died while going to Memphis to help combat the ailment before it arrived in Chattanooga.
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, ...
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.