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McKissick Museum


Black Medicine/White Bodies: An Investigation of Yellow Fever Epidemics in Charleston 1854-1871

January 12 through May 6, 2017, 2nd floor, North Gallery

The exhibition entitled Black Medicine/White Bodies: An Investigation of Yellow Fever Epidemics in Charleston 1854-1871 focuses on the role of traditional African folk healers in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The exhibit examines the lasting contributions of traditional African folk healers to South Carolina’s history by illustrating the contrasting approaches to healthcare and treatment of disease by African folk healers and mainstream Western medical practitioners during the yellow fever epidemics that plagued Charleston during the mid-19th century. Features of the exhibit include: interactive architectural displays, 19th century artifacts representing medical tool kits from both African folk healers and White Western physicians, and public programming events such as invited speakers, an interactive performance, and a performance by a hoodoo doctor.

Image: Counter display, Munyon Home Remedy Company, American Art Works, ca 1918, courtesy of The Charleston Museum

Thursday, January 12, 2017 to Saturday, May 6, 2017