MOUND BAYOU — The long-shuttered Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou is getting a nearly $3-million grant to become the first urgent care center in one of the nation’s poorest towns.
Mayor Kennedy Johnson sees the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a win-win-win situation.
In 2000, the hospital made the 10 most endangered historic sites in Mississippi. The Interior Department also has registered it as a national historic site.
In 1887, former slaves formed Mound Bayou and saw their community strengthened in 1942 through the opening of the Taborian Hospital.
For more than two decades, the 42-bed facility provided care to many African Americans.
Johnson tells The Clarion-Ledger the new clinic will be the only urgent care center of its kind within 80 miles.