The Registry

Sat, 04.16.1864 story

Georgia Patton Washington, Doctor born

On this date in 1864, Georgia E. Patton Washington was born. She was the first Black woman licensed as a physician and surgeon in the state of Tennessee, and one of the first Black-American medical missionaries in Africa.

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Mon, 08.29.1910 story

Vivien Thomas, Surgical Researcher born

Vivien Theodore Thomas was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American supervisor of Surgical Research Laboratories.

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Mon, 01.18.1858 story

Daniel Hale Williams, Surgeon born

Daniel Hale Williams was born on this date in 1858. He was an African American physician and surgical pioneer who performed the first successful open-heart surgery

Born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Williams worked his way through Janesville Classical Academy as a barber and bass violinist. In 1893, he received a medical degree from Chicago Medical College, now part of Northwestern University. While still a medical student, Williams founded Provident Hospital, the first Chicago hospital with Blacks on staff.

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Sun, 02.03.1867 story

Charles Turner, Zoologist, and Inventor born

*On this date in 1867, Charles Turner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an African American zoologist and inventor.

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Sun, 02.21.1909 story

Helen O. Dickens, Pioneering Doctor born

*Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens was born on this date in 1909. She was a doctor, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and former associate dean of medicine.

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Tue, 04.11.1899 story

Percy L. Julian, Chemist, and Teacher born

Dr. Percy Lavon Julian was born on this date in 1899. This African American research chemist was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of drugs used in medicine.

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Wed, 04.15.1896 story

May Chinn, Physician born

On this date in 1896, May Chinn was born. She was an African American physician.

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Thu, 04.24.1884 story

The First Black Medical Society is Founded

On this date in 1884, The Medico-Chirurgical Society of Washington D.C. was founded. It was the first African American medical society.

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Tue, 05.04.1897 story

A Black Man Patents a Sprinkler

On this date in 1897, African American inventor Joseph H. Smith patented the sprinkler.

This African American inventors Patent No. is #581.785.

Created Equal The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators
By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

Global Black Inventors

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Sun, 05.02.1762 story

James Durham, Physician, born

On this date we remember the birth of James Durham in 1762. He was the first recognized Black physician in the United States.

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