Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us

  • Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831 - 1895) 

    Rebecca Crumpler

    Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black female doctor in the United States.  After attending the prestigious Massachusetts private school West-Newton English and Classical School, she worked as a nurse for eight years.   Impressed by her nursing skills, many of the doctors she worked with wrote letters of recommendation for her to attend medical school.  She was accepted into the New England Female Medical College in 1860 and graduated four years later.   She worked as a physician for the Freedman’s Bureau for the State of Virginia.  In 1869 she returned to Boston and practiced in Beacon Hill which was a predominantly Black neighborhood at the time.  Dr. Crumpler published, A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts, in 1883, making her one of the first African American authors of a medical book.


  • February 14, 2021

  • Source:  O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021; U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Park Service, The Resilient Sisterhood Project