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Published on June 6th, 2017
Dr. Rebecca Crumpler: The first African-American female doctor.

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler
Dr. Rebecca Crumpler
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When Dr. Crumpler became a doctor in 1864, few women of any color were allowed to go to medical school, and 90% of U.S. black people were slaves,

Here is her compelling story:

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In 1831, Ms. Crumpler was born a "Free Negro" in Delaware and was raised by her aunt, who with no formal medical training, treated many local black families.

Her aunt did this because few white U.S. doctors anywhere would treat black people. With her aunt's encouragement, Ms. Crumpler decided to become a doctor.

After graduating from the West Newton English and Classical School in Massachusetts, in 1852, Ms. Crumpler became a nurse.

Over the next eight years, Ms. Crumpler practiced under various doctors, developing her skills and an excellent medical reputation.

Those doctors then wrote letters recommending her to medical schools.

But there was another problem. Even if Ms. Crumpler was accepted into a medical school, where would she get the money to attend?

The money problem was solved when the Wade Scholarship Fund, run by abolitionist Benjamin Wade sponsored her.

And with her letters of recommendation and outstanding nursing experience, she was accepted at the New England Female Medical College (now part of Boston University) in 1860.

Four years later, as the U.S. Civil War was being fought over slavery, she graduated and became a doctor.

Dr. Crumpler specialized in treating poor black women and children, many of whom were stunned to see a black female doctor.

But racial prejudice was rampant.

White male doctors mocked her as unqualified, pharmacists didn't want to fill her prescriptions and hospitals didn't want to admit her patients.

But with time and persistence, Dr. Crumpler overcame these obstructions and built a successful medical practice.

In addition, in 1883, to help mothers provide medical care to their families, she published "A Book of Medical Discourses."

What was her purpose as a doctor and as an author? "I early conceived a liking for, and sought every opportunity to relieve the sufferings of others." *

Editor's Note:

In her personal life, Dr. Crumpler was married to Arthur Crumpler, a former fugitive slave who was a blacksmith for the North during the U.S. Civil War. In 1870, they had a daughter, Lizzie Sinclair Crumpler. Dr. and Mr. Crumpler were married from 1865 until her passing in 1895.

*Quote taken from her book.

To learn more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Lee_Crumpler and http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/celebrating-rebecca-lee-crumpler-first-african-american-physician/

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