Today in Black history we celebrate a woman in medicine. Rebecca Lee
Crumpler was the first African American woman who attained a Medical Degree on February 24, 1864. She was born in 1833, and she worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College (later
merged with Boston University), even after hesitation by the staff to
grant her the degree because of her skin color. She focused primarily on
caring for women, children, and the poor. Dr. Crumpler moved to
Virginia to provide medical care to freed slaves, who endured severe
racism post-Civil War and lacked access to medical care.