Daisy Murdoch Medal Shreveport

Description

This is one of the medals given to the so-called “Angels of Shreveport” by the Howard Association of Shreveport.  The Howard Association was a charitable organization founded in Virginia, but quickly spread to other part of the South.  The Howards were specifically organized to give aid and comfort to communities stricken with yellow fever. 

The “Angels” were a group of young women who volunteered to nurse the sick and dying in makeshift fever wards.  Often during the epidemic, buildings like the Gaiety Theater and the Central Market were pressed into the service to cope with the hundreds of victims.  When the epidemic was over, each of the young women were given this medal by the Howards of Shreveport.

 The medal is inscribed with the words, “Christian Kindness and Heroic Conduct”  on one side and on the other “From the Howards of Shreveport”

Location in Museum

Yellow Jack! Exhibition case

Age

1873

Donor

The medal was lent to us by Dr. Gary Joiner of Louisiana State University of Shreveport during the summer of 2014 for our yellow fever exhibition. He kindly permitted us to photograph it before it was returned to him with thanks.
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