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Editorial: City working on health center to honor David Satcher, former Surgeon General from Anniston

David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher speaks at a luncheon in Anniston in 2019.

Former Surgeon General David Satcher was born in Anniston 80 years ago, but he nearly died before his third birthday.

Satcher was exposed to whooping cough when he was 2. His parents were told that he probably would not live and were prepared for the worst. A Black doctor stayed with the young boy and taught his parents techniques to give him the best chance to live.

Dr. Satcher

Dr. Satcher

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or