Charles B. Purvis, US physician

Charles B. Purvis, US physician

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Credit: SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Charles Burleigh Purvis (1842-1919), US physician. Purvis graduated as a medical doctor in 1865, studying at Wooster Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as a surgeon at Howard University in Washington DC. This was one of the universities that pioneered African-American education after the emancipation of the slaves. Purvis was one of the first African-American doctors, and one of the first African-American doctors made officers in the US Army (during the Civil War). Artwork published in 1887.

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