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Robert Burt (1873 - 1955) was the son of freed slaves who completed medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, with honors in 1897. He soon set up practice in Clarksville, Tennessee. He operated an infirmary and later the only hospital in the city of Clarksville from 1904 to 1916. He was an active member of the community until his death in 1955.
Burt initially offered services to members of the African American community, but soon offered his skills as physician and surgeon to all who were in need of medical assistance. He is remembered as a highly skilled surgeon and community leader with one school and one community center named in his memory in Clarksville.