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Dr William Lewis Haywood
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1886
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 31, 1971
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA

Founder of the first black hospital in Oklahoma, the Utopian Hospital.

Founder of the first Oklahoma City hospital for Blacks, "the Utopia". He served as medical examiner for Oklahoma County, rose to the position of Chief of Staff of the South Ward of University Hospital and was the founder of the Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Society as well as the American Woodmen Insurance Company. He was an active member of Avery Chapel A.M.E. for 61 years. The Haywood Building at 331-1/2 NE 2nd Street is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Haywood was a pioneering physician and business leader in Oklahoma City in the early 1900s.

Haywood graduated from medical school at Maharry College in Nashville in 1908.

Haywood first came to Oklahoma when illness struck him on a train ride to California, said Anita Arnold, black historian and executive director of the Black Liberated Arts Center. Leaving the train in Guthrie, he visited Dr. W.H. Slaughter.

Slaughter convinced Haywood to stay in Oklahoma, and they worked together to improve medical conditions for blacks, who had to be treated in homes because they were barred from white hospitals.

Haywood founded Utopia Hospital, 415 NE 1, as the first hospital for blacks, and later became the first black physician at University Hospital, which is now the OU Medical Center.

Warren Gardner, a veteran Urban Renewal commissioner, said Haywood was a generous civic leader, opening up his estate for picnics at a time when blacks didn't have many city parks.

Haywood bought the Haywood Building in the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City in 1938. The building's second floor was used for his office.

Haywood died on June 1, 1971, at the age of 88. 
Family links: 
  Susie A. Price Haywood (1884 - 1966)
Trice Hill Cemetery
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Robert Sandlin
Record added: Jan 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46744449
Dr William Lewis Haywood
Added by: Janet LaMotte
Dr William Lewis Haywood
Added by: Janet LaMotte
Dr William Lewis Haywood
Added by: Janet LaMotte
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