In 1852, Crumpler moved to Charlestown, MA where she became a nurse. The doctors she worked with were so impressed by her skill and expertise, that they submitted letters recommending that she be admitted to the New England Female Medical College (NEFMC). Dr. Samuel Gregory founded this college, originally named Boston Female Medical College, in 1848; it was the first institution in the world to provide medical training for women.
In 1860, Crumpler was admitted to the NEFMC. Her admission was quite unusual, particularly since most medical schools at that time did not admit blacks. In fact, her education was interrupted by the Civil war, which commenced in 1861. However, in 1864, Dr. Crumpler graduated from NEFMC, becoming the first black woman in the U.S. to earn an M.D. Degree. She has the distinction of being the ONLY black woman to graduate from NEFMC, as the school merged with the Boston University School of Medicine in 1874.
Dr. Crumpler died in 1895 of natural causes. Today, February 8, 2013, is the 180th anniversary of her birth. Please join me in celebrating the life of this remarkable woman who lived her entire life in the service of others.
One drop of knowledge can ripple through an entire community~