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Browder has a clear concept in mind for the land: In the exact location where Sims’s hospital once stood, she plans to open a two-story museum and health-care center called the Mothers of Gynecology Health and Wellness Clinic.

“I want it to be a place where people can reckon with the history regarding Black women and the sacrifices and the inhumane treatment that they were given in the name of health and science,” she said. “I need it to serve as a place for healing so that we can start looking more into women’s health issues.”

The first time Browder learned about Sims, she was a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta. On her professor’s desk, she spotted a small print of a painting by American illustrator Robert Thom, who was commissioned to create 45 pieces depicting the history of medicine.

“It’s a teaching monument,” she continued. “I wanted to produce a piece of art that would live on, but also teach and educate people about how we can, in essence, offer reparations to Black women in our country.”

Browder pitched her vision to the landlord: “I would open this space to teach about the history of gynecology,” she told him, explaining that the first floor would be a museum and the second floor would offer primary-care services for women who need support and a teaching clinic for doulas, midwives and physicians to hone their skills.

“I did a lot of research on my own and really taught myself more of what I should have learned during medical school and my residency,” said Pimentel, who came across many articles citing Sims’s work, including pieces that framed him in a heroic light.

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