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Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series continues Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. with Dana Chandler, historian and archivist at Tuskegee University Archives, talking about the book he co-authored with Edith Powell, retired professor at the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University, “To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down: Tuskegee University’s Advancements in Human Health, 1881–1987”. The program will be held in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

“To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down” is an important historical account of Tuskegee University’s significant advances in health care, which affected millions of lives worldwide. Tuskegee has been fulfilling Booker T. Washington’s vision of “healthy minds and bodies” since its inception in 1881. In the book, Chandler and Powell document Tuskegee University’s medical and public health history with rich archival data and never-before-published photographs. They especially highlight the important but largely unsung role that Tuskegee University researchers played in the eradication of polio, and they add new dimension and context to the fascinating story of the HeLa cell line that has been brought to the public’s attention by popular media.

Meticulously researched, this book is filled with previously undocumented information taken directly from the vast Tuskegee University archives. Readers will gain a new appreciation for how Tuskegee’s people and institutions have influenced community health, food science and national medical life throughout the twentieth century.