City to honor Dr. Cullen Banks by renaming street

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

The city of Gainesville on Saturday will rename a portion of Southeast 11th Avenue in honor of the late Dr. Cullen W. Banks, the first black physician to have full privileges at the former Alachua General Hospital.

The public is invited to the ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the corner of Southeast 11th Avenue and 14th Street, near the home that Banks shared with his wife of 54 years, Lakay.

Banks, who died April 23, practiced medicine in Gainesville for 46 years before retiring in 1996. He also was a founding trustee of North Florida Regional Medical Center, where he served as a member emeritus of the hospital’s board of trustees.

In 1996, Banks received the Certificate of Merit, the highest state medical honor awarded by the Florida Medical Association. In 1998, he was honored by the Rotary Club of Gainesville and presented with the organization’s annual Service Above Self award. Also in 1998, Banks received the 50-year Alumnus Award from Howard University.

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