This Day in Black History: Feb. 27, 1872

This Day in Black History: Feb. 27, 1872

Charlotte E. Ray graduates from Howard University and becomes first Black female to practice law.

Published February 27, 2012

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On this day in 1872, Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law. She is noted as becoming the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. 

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