My Great Grandfather- The Medical Doctor: Triumph and Controversy
My great grandfather, Dr. Martin Green Brookins was an ear, nose, throat specialist in Kansas City MO for 40 years. The stories that i remember hearing were quite interesting. My great grandfather married my grandmother (Della Drake) on May 21, 1901. He was 54 (I believe) and she was in her teens. Even though my grandfather was an established ENT, at one time he was banned from practicing medicine because he was performing illegal abortions. There are so may other stories about my great grandfather. He had a wooden leg, and would stash money in his leg. He traveled the country with colleagues, and was well recognized during his time. I wish I knew more about where he came from. Who his parents were. I DO know he went to Meharry Medical College and made some great contributions in medicine. My grandfather, Martin Green Brookins II, was the ONLY child (that we know of), born to my great grandfather and great grandmother. There is so much more to know, I just don’t know where or how to look. In watching your show, “Finding Your Roots,” I am fascinated with the history that is unearthed as a result of your efforts. I want to know who I am, as it relates to my family lineage. Because the Brookins surname is not very COMMON, it heightens my curiosity to find out more about my roots. I hope and pray that this snapshot of who I am enthralls you to help me delve deeper into my roots. Below is what I have found online, so far. My mother has found more, but I KNOW there is a way to dig DEEPER.
Dr. Martin Brookins
Abstract File containing a photo and obituary for Dr. Martin Brookins, an African American eye, ear, nose, and throat physician in Kansas City for 40 years, dying in 1949. He was a native of Macon, Missouri with residence at 2128 East 24th Street.
Location Ramos Vertical File: Biography A-E
Local Subject Physicians
Brookins, Martin G.
Item Type Vertical File
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