This is photograph of an unknown building from the Monk Moore collection. Does anyone out there have any ideas as to what it is? The double barred crosses on the wall are called the cross of Lorraine and are associated with the Lorraine region of France. It is also a symbol of the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church. At first glance, I thought the smeared writing at the bottom said “Dear old State School.” But now I’m not so sure.
Edit: I just realized it is the symbol of the American Lung Association. So maybe the writing says Dear old State Sanitarium. Hmm maybe.
Edit: Yeah that is probably what it is . The North Carolina State Sanitorium was built in Hoke County between Aberdeen and Raeford in 1908 for patients with tuberculosis, hence the American Lung Association symbol of the cross of Lorraine.
In 1913, the Wilson Hospital and Tubercular Home was opened for the treatment of African Americans with tuberculosis and was one of only three hospitals in the state for African Americans. It was later renamed Mercy hospital.