Dr. James McCune Smith entered Glasgow University in Scotland and earned three academic degrees, including a doctorate in medicine. When Smith returned to New York, his intellect and energy made him an instrumental figure in an emerging black community.
-The New York African Free School Collection
James McCune Smith 4/18/1813- 11/17/1865
First African American to receive a medical degree.
Smith entered Glasgow University in Scotland and earned three academic degrees, including a doctorate in medicine after he was unable to attend college in the United States because he was black,
Smith was also an abolitionist, and author in New York City.
Dr. Smith became the first African American to run a pharmacy in the America.
He worked with Frederick Douglass to establish the National Council of the Colored People.
Smith debunked the pseudo-scientific subject of Phrenology which was being used to tout the idea of African-American inferiority
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