Henry McKee Minton: Pioneer Doctor and One of the Founders of Sigma Pi Phi

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Henry McKee Minton was an African-American doctor who was one of the founders of Sigma Pi Phi and was Superintendent of the Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia for twenty four years.

Minton was born on December 25, 1870 in Columbia, South Carolina to Sawyer Theophilus Minton and Jennie McKee Minton. His father was a lawyer. As a young boy, Minto attended the public schools in Washington, D.C. He spent two years in the Academy of Howard University and later attended Phillips Exeter Academy where he graduated in 1891.

Minton spent a year studying Law at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by three years studying Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He graduated with a Ph.G. degree in 1895. In 1897, he opened a drugstore, the first in Philadelphia to be operated by an African American.

In 1902, he enrolled in Jefferson Medical College and earned an M.D. degree in 1906, he was the first black person to graduate from the institution.
In 1907, Minton helped found Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia with Dr. Eugene Hinson. Dr. Algernon B. Jackson became the first superintendent of the hospital and remained in that post until 1920 when he left to teach on the Howard University Medical School faculty. Minton became his successor and served the next 24 years. Minton is best known as one of the founders of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.






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