Monday, January 28, 2013

208. Indy's First African-American Doctor

     There is a great article in today's Indianapolis Star on the man believed to be the first licensed African-American doctor in Indiana and Indianapolis, Dr. Samuel A. Elbert.
     Dr. Elbert will get a headstone tomorrow in Crown Hill Cemetery, over 100 years after his death in 1902. The article, on pages B1 and B2 by Star reporter Michael Boren, contains numerous genealogical details of Dr. Elbert's life and that of his family.
    If you do not get the Star, you can probably read the article online at As always, an article like this raises as many questions as answers: Who treated the black community before Dr. Elbert? What other African-Americans became doctors (and dentists!) after he did? Why was he in an unmarked grave? Dr. Elbert was a Bethel AME Church member--do they have more details on him and his family? Is there a book about Dr. Elbert yet? Are other researchers jumping into this task? 

1 comment:

  1. There is a follow-up article with photos in the Star for Jan. 30th.