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: Prosecution To Rest Case Monday In Corruption Trial Of Labor Leader John Dougherty, City Councilmember Bobby Henon
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: SportsLine Week 8 NFC East Picks: 'Everybody Is Piling On The Cowboys, And You Can't Blame Them,' Says Larry Hartstein
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: In-Person Learning To Remain Open If SEPTA Strike Occurs, Philadelphia School District Says
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.