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Duke Medical Center Archives the Work of the Hospital’s First African American Surgeon

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by John Markis

The Duke Medical Center Archives recently obtained the complete collection of writings by Onyekwere Akwari, the first African American surgeon at Duke University Medical Center.

The Akwari Papers consist of his medical findings, research papers, immigration documents, correspondences and assorted photographs. In coordination with the Department of Surgery, the DMCA spoke with his wife, Anne Akwari, who was able to package 32 boxes of material for the University.

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