“A Book on Medical Discourses” with Black Mothers in Power

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Born in Delaware in 1831, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. A true pioneer, she battled deep-seated prejudice against women and African Americans in medicine. After earning her degree in Boston, she spent time in Richmond, Virginia after the Civil War, caring for formerly enslaved people. In 1883, Dr. Crumpler published her Book of Medical Discourses. It chronicles her experiences as a doctor and provides guidance on maternal and child health. (NPS)

The National Library of Medicine has a free downloadable and printable version of Dr. Rebecca Crumpler’s “Book on Medical Discourses

Join Delaware Humanities and Black Mothers in Power in review of the life, literature and legacy of Dr. Rebecca Crumpler.

If there are any questions, please contact Community Programs Officer, Danielle Levredge, at dlevredge@dehumanities.org.