Tribute To Sallie Herbert Blount and Other Licensed Midwives


 
 

Carver Heights resident, Mrs. White (102 years old), confirmed long standing stories of Savannah African American midwives that were among the first in Georgia to receive the certifications as licensed midwives. Anthony Maxwell had the opportunity to interview Mrs. White about 10 years ago. He took Mrs. White’s stories and confirmed all the stories of these amazing African American women through the Georgia Historical Society! All 19 women were practicing

Pictured is the family of Midwife Sallie Herbert Blount including great great grandson Anthony Maxwell along with Carl Miller, Board Chair of RMG Civil Rights Museum
Pictured is the family of Midwife Sallie Herbert Blount including great great grandson Anthony Maxwell along with Carl Miller, Board Chair of RMG Civil Rights Museum
midwives and Dr. Bassett assisted them with becoming licensed within the State of Georgia. His great great grandmother, Sallie Blount, was among these great women. She is said to have birth half the African American population of Savannah during 1930’s. Most of Yamacraw Village residents were birthed by Sallie Blount. On Friday, July 24, 2015, the family of Sallie Herbert Blount presented a memorial plaque on behalf of Sallie Blount
Carl Miller, Board Chair of RMG Civil Rights Museum pictured with Midwife Louise Day family including granddaughter Mrs. Reynolds (the eldest in the group)
Carl Miller, Board Chair of RMG Civil Rights Museum pictured with Midwife Louise Day family including granddaughter Mrs. Reynolds (the eldest in the group)
and her medical colleagues to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. The plaque reads: June 14, 1938 Sallie Herbert Blount and eighteen of her medical colleagues received their licenses to practice as midwives under the tutelage of Dr. Victor Hugo Bassett at the historic White Oak Baptist Church at Monteith, Ga. They were among the first African American women in the state of Georgia to receive their licenses.





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