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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Medical building first in Dallas government named for Latino

DALLAS (AP) — A new $39 million jail medical facility is the first Dallas County government building in the county’s 170-year history to carry the name of a Latino.

The Jesse Everett Gill and Dr. Onesimo Hernandez Medical Facility, named for two Dallas minority leaders, is being dedicated Monday.

The 139,000-square-foot Gill-Dr. Hernandez Medical Facility includes medical clinic space, a pharmacy and medical staff offices to serve Dallas County Jail patients.

Hernandez, who died in 1994 at age 69, was the first Latino to attend Southwestern Medical School.

Gill was the first African-American to be a Dallas County deputy sheriff, joining the department in 1954. He left in 1962 to become a teacher and taught in Dallas public schools until his retirement in 2000. He was 85 when he died in January.

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