MEDFORD, NJ (CBS) – A century and a half after rising to prominence at the “Black Doctor of The Pines,” Dr. James Still will get new recognition in Medford Township.
Town Council approved a measure to rename Cranberry Park in the center of town to Dr. James Still Park.READ MORE: Business Owner Hopes Philadelphia's Penn’s Landing Stays Safe Following Triple Shooting That Injured 3 Teenagers
With less than 3 months formal education, Dr. Still became one of South Jersey’s most prominent physicians and landowners of the 1800’s.
“There’s stories in his book about how he would go on vacation, he went on vacation in Long Branch N.J. one time and when he came back a week later he had people lined up down the road here waiting to see him,” says Samuel Still III, a great, great nephew and chairman of the Dr. James Still Historic Office Educational Center.READ MORE: Marple Township Police Asking For Public's Help To Find Missing Businessman
While there is no date yet for the park dedication it should happen this spring.
A sculpture of Dr. Still is in the works but needs funding, those interested in contributing can click here.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District's Mask Mandate Goes Back Into Effect On Monday As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The Education Center located at 211 Church Rd, Medford, N.J. is hosting open houses for Black History Month on Saturdays February 13 and 20th from 1-4 pm.