Okmulgee Black Hospital

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City/Town: Okmulgee
Location Class: Hospital
Year Built: 1922
Year Abandoned: 1993
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy Dixon

In 1922, the African-American community in Okmulgee raised $25,000 in donations from community citizens, clubs, and organizations to construct the first “colored hospital” that was opened in the country. The Okmulgee Black Hospital is a two-story, 18-room brick facility that served the needs of more than 3000 of Okmulgee’s African-American population from it’s construction in 1922 to it’s closing in 1956. After it’s run as the nation’s first African-American hospital the building has served as a nursing facility for African-Americans, the Okmulgee County Youth Shelter, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Deep Fork Community Action Center. The Okmulgee Black Hospital was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. (NRHP number #84003387) In 1993, the building was condemned and permanently closed by the City of Okmulgee. In 1998, The Okmulgee County Multi-Cultural Heritage Association, formed with the objective to rehabilitate the historic site and turn it into a historical cultural center showcasing the importance and history of the Black Hospital.

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[…] Okmulgee Black Hospital | Abandoned OklahomaThe Okmulgee Black Hospital is a two-story, 18-room brick facility that served the needs of more than 3000 of Okmulgee’s African-American population from it’s construction in 1922 to it’s closing in 1956. After it’s run as the nation’s first African-American hospital the building has served as a nursing… […]

Oklahoma Traveler
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Oklahoma Traveler

Those are some great pictures! Last time I heard about anything going on there was around 2009, but haven't really seen any activity or anything since. I'd love to get a look inside, but every time I think about it I never have the time. Personally, I think this project was abandoned. It's unfortunate, I would have liked to have seen this building in use again. I remember right after they installed new windows, the next day a couple of them were already broken out. The only official website that I can find for the hospital hasn't been updated in… Read more »

Rhonisha
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Rhonisha

There working on it knowbut i don't think should

Tabitha Titsworth
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Tabitha Titsworth

i live in okmulgee, it still an empty building. when i first moved into okmulgee from morris in 2001 they started working on it. now you can see into some of the rooms on the bottom floor. but most of the windows still have boards on it. At night when you go by it, it gives off a creepy feeling. They were going to turn it into a Museum at one point in time. I am not sure what they are going to do now. I haven't seen anyone working on it in a long time now.

Whit Whit
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Whit Whit

I grew up in Okmulgee. I visit there all the time and pass by this building. As far as I know, there has been no progress on turning the building into a museum. I assume there's a lack of funding. I've never had any experiences with strange encounters around the hospital, even at night. Always wanted to visit inside though. Maybe one day…

Cheryl Schuman
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Cheryl Schuman

The committee is trying very hard to come up with funding to complete the project on the Black Hospital. There was a rumor a year or so ago, that a paranormal group investigated, but no one has heard any results. Like many places that saw death happen within its walls, there are certainly some spiritual activity. There is also another hospital in Okmulgee, that sits at the corner of 8th and Morton. Back in the beginning of the 1900's, several doctors would have their own private hospitals and from what I have gathered, this structure was one of those privately… Read more »

Ceili
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Ceili

Could you give me directions to this hospital? My friends and I are wanting to go somewhere haunted for Halloween.

Leman Lewis
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To anyone who is interested in viewing or wanting information on okmulgee colored hospital can call me at 918-756-4251 or email me at Lemanlewis@ymail.com. My name Leman Lewis Sr. and I live in okmulgee, ok.

Kathryn
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Kathryn

Leman, You should get copies of the extensive research about this building! It has such a powerful story. Go to the National Register documentation at http://nr_shpo.okstate.edu/nhrpdfs/84003387.pdf or see the research on reserve in the research room at the Okmulgee Library — it even includes documentation about the dimensions and original uses of each room, as well as the results of previous testing for lead and asbestos. Good luck. Kathryn Shurden

gogoloopie
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Thank you for the link! The information provided may not be exhaustive, but it certainly contains a great deal of valuable insight, data, and of course, history, into this unique structure.

Kalela Bennett
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Kalela Bennett

I was born in the Okmulgee Colored Hospital in 1955. Now I know that it was located on Wood Drive. What are the future plans for this building? My aunt who lives in Okmulgee, said that you were looking for people who might be a part of its history. K Bennett

Patrice
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Patrice

My grandfather Dr. Andrew Lee Wallace was one of the founders. I'm poking around the Internet looking for information. Thank you for this.

Kathryn
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Kathryn

This is, indeed, a very important historic site, but some of the information provided on this site is incorrect. The hospital was built with PUBLIC funds from an Okmulgee City bond issue, but the city refused to equip and staff it, so the local African American community did so. Also, there were numerous other hospitals exclusively serving African Americans throughout the nation and even in Oklahoma long before Okmulgee's was built. However, the "Okmulgee Colored Hospital" as it was originally named, is the last one still standing in Oklahoma largely in its original condition. For more accurate information, go to… Read more »

patrice
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patrice

Thanks for that information! My grandfather Dr. Andrew Lee Wallace was the President and one of the founders.

charismacondovaughan
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I suspected, however, that I wasn't homesick for anything I would find at home when I returned. The longing was for what I wouldn't find: the past and all the people and places there were lost to me.

Brandy Baber
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Brandy Baber

I first moved here in 2015, the hospital was there, huge building, I’ve always been fascinated with old buildings. Heard from different people it was a Native hospital, now I’m reading it was used for African Americans instead.
In 2017-2018 a sign showed in front of the building showing it’s being renovated

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