Rebecca Lee Crumpler {Black History}

Monday, February 15, 2016
Rebecca Lee, born free (not into slavery) in Delaware was the first African-American woman to become a physician in the United States. Dr. Crumpler, not to be confused with her husband (also a doctor), graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864.

Crumpler first practiced in Boston helping poor women and children, which was her passion. After the Civil War she moved her practice to Virginia to continue serve those in need. She authored, A Book of Medical Discourses, becoming the first African American to publish a book about medicine. A nurse, wife, and pioneer for womankind, Crumpler died March 9, 1895 but her legacy lives on.

Know your history #CelebrateBlackHistory
"a proper field for real missionary work, and one that would present ample opportunities to become acquainted with the diseases of women and children." 


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