Doctor or Doctress?

Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians

Portrait of Halle Tanner Dillon-Johnson taken from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, class of 1891 photograph. Partial key on reverse.

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Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, daughter of a Philadelphia bishop, graduated in the class of 1891 and became the first African American and woman to pass the Alabama state board of examination. She founded a free clinic in Tuskegee, Alabama to serve those who did not have access to healthcare.

Creator: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Language: english

Item Number: p0396a

Pages: 2

Size: 35.5x26

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.

Dillon, Halle Tanner

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania--Students

African American medical students