Home » Education For Medical Black Professionals Schools of The 1800’s

SOURCE :Duke University, American Black History Archives

Pre-1865: Medical schools were closed to Negroes in the south and to a lesser degree in the north.Because of the color line in medicine, the first few Negro physicians received their medical degrees abroad.

A few older medical schools in the east admitted some Negroes; namely, Harvard, Yale, and Pennsylvania.

In the Midwest, Indiana, Northwestern, and Michigan accepted some Negro medical students.

1847: First Negro medical student graduated from a northern medical school — David J. Peck

(Rush Medical School, Chicago).

1849: Bowdoin Medical School in Maine awarded medical degrees to John V. De Grasse

and Thomas J. White.

1858: Berkshire Medical School in Massachusetts awarded two medical degrees to Negroes.