Dyer Foundation

Dr. Crawford Wilfred Ernest Dyer devoted his life to suppressing human suffering. Dr. Dyer was the founder of the former St. Luke’s Hospital for African-Americans in Macon, Georgia. He was also dedicated to instilling in black Americans the incentive to excel.

Dr. Dyer was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in British West Indies. He came to the United States during his teenage years. During those times, laws segregated virtually every aspect of life. Dr. Dyer’s remarkable achievements started in school. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. for two years and then later enrolled in Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his doctorate degree from Meharry in 1915. Dr. Dyer’s intellectual capacity and community leadership abilities helped to establish St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Dyer opened his clinic in Macon, Georgia in 1928.
He had practiced medicine in Millegville and Warrenton. The clinic was the start of what was to become St. Luke’s Hospital. The hospital was started mainly due to local black doctors not being able to practice at the Macon Hospital due to racist policies of the time. In 1957 this practice was stopped. Many white doctors came to St. Luke’s to assist and show techniques to the doctors at the hospital.

When the Macon Hospital became integrated, blacks no longer were in need of St. Luke’s and in 1963 it was closed. It had been in service over forty years. Dr. Dyer was a person worthy of admiration. People looked up to him for strength, wisdom and understanding. Dr. Dyer’s legacy will always be remembered as an immense contribution toward the progress of the African-American community in Macon, Georgia.

The Dyer Foundation building is located at 2295 Barnes Ferry Road, MACON , GA 31216.  It is the home of Lambda Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  It is the primary location for chapter meetings, fellowship gatherings, and community service events. This space is also available for event rentals (i.e. parties, rehearsal dinners, meetings, etc).  If you have any questions regarding renting this space for one of your events please contact us by clicking here.