The Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, spotlight several significant advancements of African Americans in the medical and other scientific fields.
Beginning in the late 1870s and emerging into what became known as the Jim Crow Era, African Americans began to make astounding advancements in medicine and science. During the end of the Reconstruction period, 1877, through the early 1950s, African Americans began to build their own businesses, schools, churches, hospitals and civic organizations. An example of this growth was the founding of the State Normal College for Colored Students on October 3, 1887, which would become known today as Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), the only historically black college or university in the State of Florida University System. In the early 1900s, the institution embarked on the creation of a medical training facility that became known as the Florida A&M University Hospital.