Doctor’s legacy celebrated



December 23, 2019 - 9:56 AM

There’s a likely chance that most who enter the doors of the Dr. John Silas Bass North Community Building have never heard of the trials and tribulations the building’s namesake endured more than 150 years ago.

A few might have known of Dr. Bass’s influence, not only in Iola, but in the medical community as one of the first African-American physicians in United States history.

And as his great-grandson, Dr. Elliott Bass, pointed out last week, John Silas Bass became one of Iola’s earliest citizen activists, pressuring city fathers to give blacks access to city services.

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