Today in History: Rebecca J. Cole–2nd Black Female Physician


Rebecca J. Cole

On this day August 14, 1922, Rebecca J. Cole was laid to rest. Rebecca J. Cole was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1846.

She was the second United States African American woman physician and was the first Black woman to graduate from the Woman’s Medical College in Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Cole received her secondary education from the Institute for Coloured Youth and graduated from ICY in 1863.

She received her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College in 1867.

Cole was later appointed as a resident physician at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children – a hospital owned and operated by woman physicians.

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