Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler (1831-1895) was the first African American female physician in the U.S. Born in Delaware and raised in Pennsylvania, Dr. Crumpler graduated from the New England Female Medical College (which later merged into Boston University) in 1864. She first practiced medicine in Boston, serving poor women and children. After the Civil War ended, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she worked for the Freedman’s Bureau providing medical care to freed slaves. The Rebecca Lee Society, one of the first medical societies for African American women, was named in her honor.
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