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"B" is for Brown, Lucy Hughes (1863-1911)

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"B" is for Brown, Lucy Hughes (1863-1911). Physician. A native of North Carolina, Brown completed her medical training at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. After practicing medicine in North Carolina, she moved to Charleston and became the first black female physician in the state. She contributed to the establishment of the Cannon Hospital and Training School for Nurses in 1897, which was later, renamed McClennan-Banks Hospital. At this hospital, she headed the department of nursing training. In her classes, Brown stressed that practical experience was preferable to textbook knowledge. She also worked to advance the condition of African American women outside of medicine. Lucy Hughes Brown was a delegate to the National Colored Women’s Congress in 1895 and assisted in the creating of resolutions addressing southern race relations and demanding safer conditions on public transportation.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.