Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, was born in 1833 in Richmond, VA. She graduated in 1864 with her MD (after working as a nurse for several years) from the New England Female Medical College in Boston and worked extensively with the Freedmen’s Bureau in Richmond after the end of the Civil War. After she returned to Boston with her husband, Dr. Arthur Crumpler,  she ran a practice dedicated to the needs of women and children and published her two part book of medical discourse (one of the first medical publications authored by an African American), which taught women how to provide basic care for themselves and their children. Dr. Crumpler died in 1895.

2 thoughts on “Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

  1. You all up in my neighborhood with Philly and Richmond! While your at it on Richmond, could you profile Maggie Lena Walker? And I love your posts on outstanding Black Women. Be sure to profile yourself on the 28th.

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