Doctor or Doctress?

Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians

Portrait of Eliza Grier taken from the composite photograph of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, class of 1897 photograph (26 individual portraits printed together).

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Dr. Eliza Grier was an emancipated slave who graduated from WMCP in 1897. She supported herself through college by picking cotton and received some financial assistance to attend WMCP. After her training, Grier practiced medicine in an impoverished area of South Carolina for a short time before her death in 1901.

Creator: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Language: english

Item Number: p2971c

Pages: 2

Size: 31.9 x 24.1

Physical Collection: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania: Photograph Collection. 1850-present. (ACC-AHC1), ACC-AHC1

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. Early African-American Woman Physicians: She has undertaken a Herculean task. Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections. Philadelphia, PA. Date of access.

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania--Students

Grier, Eliza Anna

African American medical students