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Reading Hospital honors Dr. Charles Butler, first African-American physician resident

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Feb 24 2014 04:42:51 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 05:33:57 PM CST

The Reading Health System is honoring a man who helped break down barriers.

WEST READING, Pa. -

The Reading Health System is honoring a man who helped break down barriers.

The hospital is going to display a portrait of Dr. Charles Butler, who became the first African-American physician resident at Reading Hospital in 1954.

Butler had planned to return to his hometown of Wilmington, Del., but at the time no hospitals there gave privileges to black physicians.

Butler has spent his whole life fighting for equality.

"I went through everything. I was in the Navy. I had to fight there. I went to school. I had to fight there. I finished med school. I had to fight there, and I'm still fighting today," said Butler.

Butler also served as president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the NAACP.