As the City of Springfield prepares to celebrate the 11th Annual African American Heritage Festival on Friday night, Aug. 1, Dr. Gabrielle J. Grundy, MD, will return to her hometown to help celebrate this year’s theme of promoting health and wellness.
“Dr. Gabby”, as she is called at her office in Louisville, knows all too well how important it is to take good care of your physical and mental health and is very pleased that the festival is celebrating good health.
“I am proud of Springfield for helping to educate her citizens on the tremendous benefits of preventive health care programs and I am honored to participate in this year’s festival,” Grundy said.
Grundy will serve as the grand marshal in the parade and will also give a short talk before the Jimmy Church Band performs.
When the first African-American Heritage Festival was hosted by the city in 2004, Grundy had just graduated with a four-year degree from the University of Tennessee. She started her medical school studies at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and graduated in 2009. From 2009-2013, Dr. Gabby did her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Wanting to return to Kentucky, Grundy took a position with Total Woman Obstetrics & Gynecology in Louisville.
Every year, the African-American Festival has celebrated themes that highlight the exceptional talents of our local African-Americans. It has been an educational experience that is celebrated on the first weekend of every August. In addition to Dr. Grundy, there will be many local African-Americans in the health-related fields that will be celebrated at this year’s festival in both the parade and in photographs displayed in the Opera House front windows.
According to Mayor John W. Cecconi, “this is one of the most meaningful festivals the city hosts. The event teaches much about our history and is always well attended and brings lots of folks into Springfield.”