Fact about Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou
Mound Bayou, Mississippi
Like its host city, the Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou is unique and remarkable. Built by the McKissick Construction Company of Nashville, Tennessee in the modern style, the hospital was dedicated in 1942. At a time when medical facilities for African-Americans were almost non-existent, it offered a 42-bed facility through the auspices of the Taborians and Meharry Medical School. The Taborians were a forward-thinking African-American fraternal organization that originally offered burial insurance to their members. When it became clear that this group’s needs were not being addressed by any existing caregivers, the Taborians expanded their services to include medical care. Staffed by medical personnel from Meharry Medical School in Nashville, the hospital operated until the middle 1960’s. At this time, Medicare finally forced the integration of formerly segregated hospitals, and the small scale of Taborian could no longer economically compete with the larger Delta hospitals.
2009 Update – No Progress
The building is still vacant and funding for renovation has not been acquired. The Knights and Daughters of Tabor would like to establish a cultural center in the building. Recently, Mound Bayou’s mayor and other city officials brought in the Jackson Medical Mall to work with the Knights and Daughters to seek grant funding for the project. As of August 2009, their U.S. Department of Agriculture funding application had cleared the state level and was working its way through the federal level. If approved, Mound Bayou officials said the renovation could begin in 2010.