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Saulsberry, Guy Otha

(born: 1899  -  died: 1978) 

Guy Otha Saulsberry, born in Muhlenberg County, KY, was the youngest son of David Houston and Frances Gish Saulsberry. He was a graduate of Attucks High School in Hopkinsville, KY, and went own to graduate from Kentucky Normal School [now Kentucky State University] and was accepted to Howard University Medical School, where he graduated in 1927. Dr. Saulsberry opened his practice in Detroit, Michigan. When he was not admitted to the staff of Woman's Hospital, he founded the Kirwood General Hospital (1943-1974), located at 301 East Kirby. The facility was later moved to W. Davison and Petosky; the city wanted the original hospital site for the building of the Detroit Center of Creative Studies. Kirwood was the last Black hospital to close in Detroit. Guy O. Saulsberry was named "Physician of the Year" in 1968, and "General Practitioner of the Year" in 1973. For more see Guy O. Saulsberry archival file at the University of Michigan Library; and p. 99 of Searching for the roots, grafting the branches: the Saulsbury [sic] family of Kentucky, a black history of roots lost in slavery, by C. S. Johnson.

*The name "Kirwood" General Hospital has been misspelled in many, many sources as "Kirkwood" General Hospital. Use both spellings for the best research results concerning the hospital and Dr. Guy O. Saulsberry. Thank you Marc Lindy for bringing this to our attention via email 09/23/2018.

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NKAA Source: Searching for the roots, grafting the branches: the Saulsbury family of Kentucky, a black history of roots lost in slavery (thesis)

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“Saulsberry, Guy Otha,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed December 11, 2018, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/1837.

Last modified: 2018-09-24 14:13:28