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February 24

  • Remembering Selma50th anniversary: Selma-to-Montgomery marchMore>>

  • Lowndes Co. prepares for 50th Anniversary celebration

    Lowndes Co. prepares for 50th Anniversary celebration

    Wednesday, March 4 2015 10:51 PM EST2015-03-05 03:51:48 GMT
    Thursday, March 5 2015 6:13 AM EST2015-03-05 11:13:05 GMT
    Preparations for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March are in full swing across the area. The people of Lowndes County are also getting ready to celebrate their role in the movement.More >>
    Preparations for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March are in full swing across the area. The people of Lowndes County are also getting ready to celebrate their role in the movement.More >>
  • Members of Congress reflect on the voting rights journey

    Members of Congress reflect on the voting rights journey

    Sunday, March 8 2015 4:57 PM EDT2015-03-08 20:57:28 GMT
    Sunday, March 8 2015 7:03 PM EDT2015-03-08 23:03:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    The largest group of bi-partisan lawmakers in the pilgrimage's history paused on Sunday to reflect on the struggle for voting rights and pay tribute to the lives lost in the civil rights movement.More >>
    The largest group of bi-partisan lawmakers in the pilgrimage's history paused on Sunday to reflect on the struggle for voting rights and pay tribute to the lives lost in the civil rights movement.More >>
  • Selma tributes start with Thursday night festivities

    Selma tributes start with Thursday night festivities

    Friday, March 6 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-03-06 05:49:08 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-03-06 05:49:08 GMT
    The first events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday kicked off Thursday.More >>
    The first events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday kicked off Thursday.More >>

 

February 24, 1864

Rebecca Lee Crumpler Becomes a Physician

On this date in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler graduated from the New England Female Medical College to become the first black woman doctor in the United States, at a time when many male doctors opposed medical training for women of any race.

Crumpler had enrolled in the college in 1860, after working as a nurse for eight years. Following the Civil War, she settled in Richmond, V. A., where she devoted her practice to the care of women and children and assisted other black physicians tending to the medical needs of freed slaves. Crumpler was one of the first women to write a medical textbook; her Book of Medical Discourses was published in 1883.

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