Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Greene Vardiman Black

The marker is located in Jacksonville on the south side of the street at 300 East State Street. It is a few blocks east of the town square.
Dedication Date:
Dedication By:
G.V. Black District Society, Illinois State Dental Society and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
G.V. Black, Father of Modern Dentistry, was born in 1836 on a farm near Winchester, Illinois. He studied medicine and dentistry and in 1857 began his practice of dentistry in Winchester. After serving in the Civil War, he resumed his dental practice in Jacksonville. His home and last office stood on this site. Here he did extensive research, invented dental instruments, and wrote hundreds of papers and books. Many of his ideas on care and restoration of teeth became the accepted methods. Dr. Black taught operative dentistry and pathology at several dental schools. He moved to Chicago in 1897 to become Dean of the Northwestern University Dental School, serving until his death in 1915.

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