My name is Laura M. Bell and I have started this blog to tell a forgotten story about my Grandfather Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell. My grandfather was one of the first Black Doctors in Tallahassee, Florida. He built the first Black privately owned and operated hospitals. He served both Black , White, Rich and Poor.
One traumatic incident defined his life. I want to tell his forgotten story.
This article below gives an overview of the traumatic incident.
“Dr. A. O. Campbell found guilty of Manslaughter after 4 hrs and 15 mins. Of deliberation from and all white jury. The white mother of the 21 year old Jacksonville woman who died after treatment by Dr. Campbell was sitting in the front row. She listens with no change of expression.
A surprise witness from the defense attorney testified she heard a conversation while she was at Dr. Campbell’s Clinic. She heard the woman who died tell Dr. Campbell she had been to a white doctor’s office in Jacksonville that had aborted her. He told her that if she had any complications to go see Dr. Campbell in Tallahassee. This was not considered.”
Tallahasse, Demorcart, Feb. 3, 1956
After reading the file and the newspaper articles, the journey begins to try and clear my grandfather’s name.
I took a trip from Chicago, Ill.’s toTallahassee, Florida. This trip was the introduction to research and finding landmarks that defined my grandfather’s life.