This Day in Black History: Feb. 24, 1864

This Day in Black History: Feb. 24, 1864

Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes first African-American woman to receive a M.D. degree.

Published February 24, 2012

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On this day in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler earned a doctoral degree from New England Female Medical College in Massachusetts, the first African-American woman to do so. Crumpler’s Book of Medical Discourses is one of the earliest medical publications written by an African-American. Crumpler practiced in Boston before moving to Richmond, Virginia, after the Civil War ended in 1865, joining other Black physicians in caring for newly freed slaves.


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