Why It Matters
In her letter to WMCP, Eliza Grier explained that she had been attending Fisk for seven years, presumably because she was “working for every dollar.” Grier, an African American, expressed her desire to be a physician and help those of her race as well as all of her “fellow creatures,” but also expressed the fear that she would not be able to afford medical school. She noted the lack of African-American women in the medical profession, citing cost and “timidity” as contributing factors. Demonstrating no such timidity herself, Grier directly asked how one might receive help paying for a medical education. Sparing no details, she stated her situation bluntly: she was an emancipated slave with no money.