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Part Seven


Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831 - ?) "Doctress of Medicine" in 19th century.

Charles Burleigh Purvis (1842 – 1929) Surgeon-in-Chief, Howard University.

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845 – 1926) First African-American registered nurse.

Mable Keaton Staupers (1890 – 1989) Activist for African-American Army nurses.

Andrew “Rube” Foster (1879 – 1930) Founder, Negro National League.

Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972) First African-American major league baseball player.

Toni Stone (1921 – 1996) First African-American woman to play professional baseball.

Alexander Twilight (1795 1857) First African-American college graduate.

Mary Jane Patterson (1840 – 1894) First African-American female to earn Bachelor’s degree.

Patrick Healy (1830 – 1910) First African-American president of a university.

Edward Alexander Bouchet (1852 – 1918) First African-American to earn Ph.D.

William Washington Browne (1849 – 1897) Founder, first African American bank.

Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. (1853-1947) Founder, first African-American bank in the North.

Maggie Lena Walker (1867 – 1834) First African-American woman bank president.

Franklin D. Raines (1949 - ) First African-American CEO, Fortune 500 Company.

Macon B. Allen (1816-1894), First African-American lawyer admitted to State Bar.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (1898 – 1989) First African-American woman to earn Ph.D.

Jane Bolin (1908 - ) First African-American woman Judge in U.S.

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. (1877 – 1970) First African-American General in U.S. Army.

Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. (1922 - ) First African-American Admiral in U.S. Navy


Lillian Fishburne (1949 - ) First African-American woman Admiral, U.S. Navy.

Marcelite J. Harris (1943 - ) First African-American woman General, U.S. Air-Force.

W. C. Handy (1873 – 1953) First musician to publish a blues song.

Dinah Washington (1924-1963) “Queen of the Blues”.

Hazel Scott (1920 – 1981) First African-American to host a TV show.

Nat “King” Cole (1917 – 1965) Musician, TV host.

Lemuel Haynes (1753 – 1833) First African-American ordained by a Protestant church.

The Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church- Founded in 1796.

Elizabeth Clarissa Lange (1784 – 1882) Founder, Oblate Sisters of Providence.

Pauli Murray (1910 – 1985) First African-American woman Episcopalian priest.

 
 
 

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