Dr. Wadell and his family
experienced racial discrimination in Canada from the very beginning
of their lives here. Though it is to the credit of Dalhousie University
for accepting him into their medical school, prejudice was rampant when
he moved to Halifax. A person with dark skin was not welcome, and Dr.
Wadell couldn't even find a place to stay on his arrival in 1933. While
he was the only "colored" member of his class, he did win
acceptance of many of his classmates. Like Dr. Wadell himself, they
were furious when the medical school could not 'find' a hospital for
Dr. Wadell to intern in (a working apprenticeship is a required step
toward receiving medical licensure). Fortunately for Dr. Wadell, his
classmates let it be known to the Dalhousie administration that they
would boycott their own internship placements if Dr. Wadell, like them,
didn't receive one. Eventually, he was given a spot at a local Tuberculosis
hospital (TB sanitarium).