The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm
Washington U./Brown

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. The film chronicles the unique history of the medical training of African-American doctors and nurses before and after desegregation. Among those featured is Dr. Earle U. Robinson Jr., a second-generation physician and alumnus from Homer G. Phillips, who shares his personal story and that of his father, who was one of the first 27 graduates of the prestigious hospital. A large array of other physicians, nurses, and patients share recollections that span the years from the hospital’s beginnings in 1937 to its closing in 1979, and community activists and leaders discuss the significant place that Homer G. Phillips Hospital holds in African-American, St. Louis, and U.S. history.

110 min.

Directed by

Joyce Fitzpatrick & Brian Shackelford



Film Category

Human Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight


With co-directors Fitzpatrick and Shackelford and co-producer Rebecca Robinson.

Co-presented with Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series

Sponsored by

Paul A. Randolph (a Cinema St. Louis board member) and the Randolph Family, in honor of the late Dr. Bernard C. Randolph Sr. and all of the healthcare professionals who trained or worked at Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Code Blue

Code Blue

Romas Slezas

This short — made by Henry Hampton's Blackside Productions and recently restored by Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation — was a recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the medical profession.

27 min.