African American Pharmacy in New Orleans
On view through December 2025
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum’s current exhibition focuses on African American pharmacists in New Orleans through the 20th century. It also chronicles the early development of pharmacy education at what would become known as historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, which began to emerge during the healthcare and economic crisis that followed the Civil War.
Highlighted in “African American Pharmacy in New Orleans” are the stories of the New Orleans College of Pharmacy of Flint Medical College (1900-1915) and the College of Pharmacy of Xavier University of Louisiana (1927-present). The exhibition also spotlights the LaBranche, LaSalle, and Bynum Pharmacies, operated by Black Pharmacists who served New Orleanians during and after segregation. The pharmacists and schools featured in the exhibit are a testament to the struggle of African American people for justice in accessing health care and higher education in the aftermath of slavery during Jim Crow and beyond.
[Image: LaBranche Pharmacy model T-ford delivery wagon, circa 1920. Courtesy of the LaBranche family.]