February 4, 1962
The hospital opens in Memphis, Tennessee, before a crowd of 9,000 people.
St. Jude opens during a turbulent era in American history. The star-shaped building designed by renowned African-American architect Paul Revere Williams immediately becomes the region's first fully integrated hospital. The integration of St. Jude also extends to the Memphis hotel industry. In order to house St. Jude families, a facility must agree to offer housing to anyone, regardless of race.
“We must do what others cannot do.”
St. Jude President and CEO James Downing, MD, unveils a bold plan for saving the lives of children around the globe — extending clinical research for sickle cell beyond symptom management to cures.
A Sickle Cell Disease Transition Clinic is created to help 18-year-olds make the leap from St. Jude to adult-care facilities of their choice.