HISTORYMYSTERY

October 2019

It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!

The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Deadline is October 21.

 

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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM

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The August History Mystery portrayed Dr. Dana Olden Baldwin (1881-1972). Baldwin worked as a farmer at a young age. He earned his medical degree at Shaw University in North Carolina. He married and resided in Martinsville, Virginia, where he was a practicing physician. At 36, Dana volunteered for the military and was named First Lieutenant. He was commissioned to the Medical Reserve Corps. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war in 1919 and went back to Martinsville. Baldwin continued his practice and focused on improving the conditions for the African American communities. Since African Americans were barred from many white hospitals, Dana opened St. Mary’s Hospital, a 27-bed facility to house those who could not afford other hospitals. He also opened many businesses, including Sandy Beach Resort, Baldwin Miniature Golf Course, Baldwin’s Gymnatorium and the Baldwin Business Center.

Our online reader Mike Graham of Chatham, Va., was our $25 Amazon gift card winner. Congratulations, Mike! 

 

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