Robert Tanner Freeman is the first professionally trained black dentist in the United States. A child of slaves, he eventually entered Harvard University and graduated only four years after the end of the Civil War on May 18, 1869.
1853: JOSEPH CARTER CORBIN (1833-1911) achieves the distinction as the third African American to attend Ohio University. Joseph Carter Corbin, journalist, served as Arkansas state superintendent of public instruction during Reconstruction and was the founder and president of the first African-American institution of higher education in Arkansas. ---
Did you know that Crest Toothpaste, Folgers Coffee, Bounce Fabric Softener and Safeguard Soap were all created by an African-American Man? Dr. Herbert Smitherman, with a Ph.D in physical organic chemistry, was a pioneering executive and professional chemist at Proctor & Gamble who led the way for other African-Americans at the prestigious company in the 1960s. He was the first black person with a doctorate hired at Proctor & Gamble. D
Pittsburg, Texas, native Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010). In 1951, Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She later became a surgeon at Boston University Medical Center where she served as a professor of surgery.