Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jones Brothers Laboratories, Little Rock, Ark.

Broadside “Jones Brothers Laboratories,” circa 1935. MSS 97-6 Fred T. Jones, Sr. Collection, Box 1, File 7.

Dr. Fred T. Jones, Sr. was a pioneer in the establishment of black hospitals in Louisiana and Arkansas during the early 20th century.

In 1915, Dr. Jones founded a hospital (Mercy Sanitarium) in Shreveport, Louisiana and likewise in Little Rock (Bush Memorial Hospital) two years later. Dr. Jones is credited with conceiving the "hospital plan," whereby "subscribers" could pay annual dues and receive future hospital care. In connection with his plan, he established the Great Southern Fraternal Hospitals in North Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

The above information was taken from the collection finding aid.


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