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13abc salutes Dr. Joe Nathan Hobbs

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Dr. Joe Nathan Hobbs came to Toledo in 1926. He attended the prestigious Meharry Medical School in Nashville Tennessee. It was an all black school where African Americans could study medicine. Robert Smith is the founder of African American Legacy Project. He tells 13 ABC,

"The individuals who came out of Meharry had such credibility in terms of academic stature they knew what they were doing...they knew they were going to the community to save lives."

Smith says black doctors had to start their own practices in communities across the country.

They were not allowed in Toledo hospitals. He tells 13 ABC,

"He established his practice in east Toledo on myrtle street just off of east Broadway."

Dr. Hobbs would become a game changer by practicing medicine at Riverside hospital. Smith tells 13 ABC,  "He was the first African American to have access to a hospital, African Americans were not allowed to practice in a hospital. He broke that barrier here in Toledo."

Those barriers didn't stop in medicine he raised a few eyebrows politically as well. Smith tells 13 ABC,

"Dr. Hobbs was a republican in the 30's..."

Hobbs served on the board of the Lucas County Republican party. Smith says,"this is a pure community leader"  His medical grade cards and lab books are on display at the African American Legacy Project. Smith tells 13ABC,

"We make sure we place those grades at eye level so the young men and women who tour this facility can get the idea of what the standard should be."

They serve as a reminder that their our no limits to success when you put in the work.If you'd like donate to the AALP or book a tour, click on the link.

http://africanamericanlegacy.org/

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