No hospital would serve them well – so they built their own
Perry Monroe Smith worked until he died — but his greatest achievement was helping establish one of only two hospitals for African-Americans in Mississippi.
Smith served as chief grand mentor of the Mississippi chapter of the Knights and Daughters of Tabor, a black fraternal organization. He drove all over raising money for the hospital, which was a crucial need for the African-American community of Mound Bayou and surrounding areas.
Jeanne Smith Hogan, Smith’s granddaughter, shot this photo story as part of Blue Magnolia Films’ Celebrating Storytellers project. Blue Magnolia has been traveling all over the state to conduct workshops and empower residents to document their cities as the Mississippi bicentennial draws near.
Starting Dec. 9, Blue Magnolia will have 200 5-foot photos from the project displayed in downtown Jackson as a walking gallery dubbed the Mississippi Mile.