The Asheville Urban Trail

Urban TrialThe Asheville Urban Trail creates a living, historic walking tour of Asheville: a museum without walls, that illustrates and highlights the city's heritage. One stop on the trail is focused on Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. On the side of the Wachovia Bank Building on Patton Avenue, a metal bower of medicinal herbs houses a bench and head of Dr. Blackwell, a former Asheville resident. The bronze representation of Dr. Blackwell was sculpted by Jim Barnhill.

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The accompanying plaque reads, "Dr. Blackwell was the first woman awarded a medical degree in the United States. She began her medical studies in Asheville in 1845 under Dr. John Dickson, for whom she taught music at Dickson's private school for girls. The school was located on the site of the Drhumor building. Elizabeth Blackwell was an 1849 graduate of Geneva Medical College in western New York. Placed by Buncombe County Medical Auxiliary and Buncombe County Medical Society."



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