PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - One of Jackson County's first black physicians was honored Saturday in Pascagoula. More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the late Dr. Reuben Peter Morris for his service in the medical field.
Morris was also among the first black physicians to be admitted to practice at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. He practiced for more than 40 years, gaining the respect and love of hundreds of patients.
"The significance of Reuben Morris was during that time we were segregated, and his primary role in his profession was caring for minorities and he helped open doors and integrate Singing River Hospital," said event organizer David Chapman.
On Saturday, a portion of Live Oak Avenue and Victor Streets were officially renamed after the late physician. His friends and loved ones say they couldn't think of a better man to receive this honor.
"Dr. Morris choose to come here, he built his business here, his family here, his grandchildren are here, and this is the kind of legacy we are looking for in Pascagoula. He was a true trailblazer for us here in Pascagoula," said Mayor Jim Blevins.
Morris passed away in 1993.