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Dr. Ebenezer Bush

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Oxford Gray
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baltimore, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1920
Birth Location:
Shreveport, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Oxford Gray
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baltimore, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1920
Birth Location:
Shreveport
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Biography

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 20, 1920, Dr. Ebenezer Bush attended segregated schools while growing up. Graduating from Shreveport's Central Colored High School, he was admitted to the Tuskegee Institute as a work student, taking classes at night and working during the day.

After graduating from Tuskegee, Bush taught agriculture at the high school level until the outbreak of World War II. In the Army for three years, Bush served a tour of duty in the Pacific theater. After being discharged, Bush enrolled in Howard University's School of Dentistry, graduating in 1952. From Howard, Bush moved to Long Beach, California, where he became the first African American to establish a dental practice.

Bush was a member of numerous professional organizations, including a life member of the American Dental Association. He received numerous awards. Family Service of Long Beach presented him with the Family Life Award, he received the key to the city of Long Beach, and he was honored by both Howard University and the Tuskegee Institute as a distinguished alumnus. He was also active with civic organizations, including founding and serving as the first president of the Long Beach Community Credit Union and serving on the board of the Long Beach City College Foundation.

Bush and his wife, Wynona, had two sons, both of whom are doctors.

Bush passed away on August 20, 2016 at age 96.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Ebenezer Bush's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about his paternal and maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes his parents, Ebenezer Bush, Sr. and Gertrude Blackmore Bush and his sisters, Ruth and Eunice Bush
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes his father, Ebenezer Bush, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about attending Oakland Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes his mother, Gertrude Blackmore Bush
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about how his parents, Ebenezer Bush, Sr. and Gertrude Blackmore Bush, met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about growing up in segregated Shreveport, Louisiana during the Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about his role models in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes his social life while attending Central Colored High School in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about learning African American history as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about successful African American role models in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush reflects on the advice of his role model in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mr. Ed Hudson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes being accepted to Tuskegee University as a five-year work-study student in 1938
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about contracting tuberculosis while a student at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes the difficulty of re-entering Tuskegee University after recovering from tuberculosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about helping a fellow Tuskegee University student pay for his room and board
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes what he learned from Dr. George Washington Carver at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes the Tuskegee Airmen and Tuskegee Airfield
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about the rituals and guest speakers at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush reflects on the change in Tuskegee University after his graduation in 1943
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service on African American men
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about Frederick Douglass Patterson's United Negro College Fund and fundraising for Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about teaching agriculture at high schools in Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes being mentored by Dr. Simms, a dentist in Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes serving in the U.S. Army during World War II at Fort Leonard Wood and Camp Crowder in Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes the devastation he witnessed while serving in the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about experiencing Japanese culture while serving there during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes the last patient Dr. Charles Drew attended at Howard University's Freedman's Hospital in Washington D.C. in 1950
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about working with the Long, Beach California NAACP against discrimination in the city when he moved there in 1954
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes fighting employment discrimination in Long Beach, California in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about fighting educational discrimination at Long Beach City Colleges during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Ebenezer Bush narrates his photographs