Dr. Dennis Branch
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Documentary Film: Dr. Dennis Branch: An African American Physician in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1964

  • 06/16
  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
  • Reuter Center

This event is presented by the WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) in partnership with OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.

A $5 donation to the WNCHA is requested at the door. 

Description from the WNCHA:

Join historian Marc McClure Ph.D. as he presents his documentary film (60 minutes) on the life of Dr. Dennis Branch who practiced medicine in Newport, Tennessee from 1914-1964.  Over the course of his life, Dr. Branch became a beloved leader of the community, both for his quality of care as a physician and for his public contributions to the town.  

Dr. Branch's story is unique because the vast majority of his patients were white during the time when segregation laws prevailed, forbidding inter-racial intimacy.  Dr. Branch came to national attention when James and Wilma (Dykeman) Stokely included him in their 1957 award winning book Neither White Nor Black.  

McClure's film will include interviews with Dr. Branch's former patients, town folks and graduates of the historically black Tanner School for whom Dr. Branch was a trailblazer.  As a Rosenwald School, the Tanner School provided an education for rural African American children from the 1920s until schools were later integrated.  

The film will be introduced by Jim Stokely of Asheville (son of Wilma Dykeman and James Stokely) who grew up in Newport and is currently president of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Contact for this event:

  • OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville
  • olli@unca.edu
  • 828.251.6140

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