African American Women in Pharmacy Firsts
Julia Pearl Hughes
first African American female pharmacist to run for political office in the state of New York and the U.S. She ran as a Republican for New York State Assembly 19th District.
Mozella Esther Lewis
was first African American female to be selected as the recipient of the Lehn & Fink Medal for publishing the first comprehensive study about black pharmacists.
Sarah M. Jeffers
first known African American female to graduate from the University of California (Berkeley) College of Pharmacy.
Muriel I. Dorsey
first known African American female to graduate from the City College of Detroit College of Pharmacy (later became Wayne State University).
Olive D. Crosthwait
one of the first African-American female pharmacist insurance entrepreneurs. She was the co-founder of the Jackson Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Chicago Insurance Association.
Anna M. Logan Beckwith
among the first African American female pharmacists drug store owners in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gwendolyn Wilson Fowler
first African American woman to receive the Ph.C. degree from Des Moines College of Pharmacy (today Drake University).
Harriet Beecher Stowe Marble
first African American female pharmacist in Lexington, Kentucky. She was also among the first African American female pharmacists to be licensed in four states, namely, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Oklahoma.
Marie A. Brown
among the first African American women to attend the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy. She was the second in the school’s history to be awarded a pharmacy degree, only to Lorena Suggs.
Mozella Lewis and Helen Lee Hairston,
were the first known African American female pharmacists to come to together to form a successful partnership as drugstore owners in California. The two open the L&W Drug Store at 1530 Griffith Avenue in Los Angeles, California.