A reopened Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital is the goal of a $5 million renovation project. Now the CME church has suggested making it available to handle a COVID-19 patient surge.

Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital, located at 409 Ayers Street, will showcase “Reunion Day” in observance of  Black History Month  on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is expected to attract persons who were born there, including patients and medical professionals who were trained at the African-American landmark.  Refreshments will be served.

Established in 1910 by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the hospital was the only place where blacks could be born and treated medically during the height of segregation.

CME Bishop Henry M.  Williamson, Sr., chairman for Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital, is spearheading the $5 million renovation project.

“We are working with state, county and city officials to restore this African-American historical landmark,” Bishop Williamson said. “The CME Church has already invested $2 million in its rebirth. Mayor Jim Strickland and  Paul Young with the City of Memphis Housing & Community Development funded a $100,000 new roof on the clinic.”

Call the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Monday through Friday after 9 a.m. at 901-345-4114 to donate to the renovation project.