February 24th History of Medicine lecture at ECU

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On February 24 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Emma Dupree, Pitt County Herbalist,” a lecture given by Alex Albright, MFA, English (retired ECU professor). This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Albright will provide an overview of the life and work of Emma Dupree, who was the subject of the 1979 ECU film Little Medicine Thing: Emma Dupree, Herbalist. Born in 1897 along the Tar River, Dupree was known as "that little medicine thing" because of her understanding of herbs at an early age. As an elderly woman, she shared much of her knowledge of the medicinal properties of native plants with physicians and medical anthropologists. Dupree received the Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society in 1984 and the North Carolina Heritage Award in 1992. She died just shy of her 100th birthday, in 1996.

Emma Dupree lecture poster

Alex Albright retired in 2018, after 37 years teaching in the ECU English department. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are proprietors of Fountain General Store, in Fountain, North Carolina, where they have lived for nearly 20 years. Alex's 2013 book, The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, was a finalist for the Montaigne Prize. Among his most recent articles is "Langston Hughes in Reno," published in Nevada History in 2019.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

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