Lucy M. Hughes: First Black Female to Receive a Professional License from the N.C. Medical Board 

0 Posted by - June 11, 2021 - Black First, BLACK WOMEN, FEATURED, LATEST POSTS

Lucy Manetta Hughes was born in Mebanesville, North Carolina in 1863 and was orphaned as a young child. She graduated from Scotia Seminary in Concord, North Carolina in 1885 and married Rev. David Brown four years later. In 1894 she graduated with a degree in medicine from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She went on to become the first African-American woman to receive a professional license from the North Carolina Medical Board.

After practicing medicine in Wilmington, North Carolina for two years, she and her husband moved to Charleston in 1896. She was the state’s first African-American woman physician and joined with other black professionals—including Dr. Alonzo Clifton McClennan—to co-found the Hospital and Training School for Nurses in 1897.

Brown became head of the school’s department of nursing and its associated training program. She presented lectures and stressed that practical experience was preferable to textbook knowledge, although she advised students to prepare with a combination of both classroom and practical knowledge. During a two-year program, students spent the first year attending lectures and gaining practical skills in the hospital. The second year was devoted to practical hospital work and assisting cases in the adjacent communities. The first class of nurses benefiting from Brown’s guidance graduated in 1898.

Brown also helped to edit the state’s first black medical periodical, the Hospital Herald, which was founded in 1898 In 1902, the British Journal of Nursing recognized her as a leader in her profession in South Carolina. Due to ill health, Brown retired in 1904. She died in Charlotte on June 26, 1911.



Brown, Lucy Hughes


  • g May 12, 2019 - 1:30 am

    Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of
    hard work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  • gamefly free trial June 2, 2019 - 1:56 pm

    This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am really happy to
    read everthing at alone place.

  • gamefly free trial June 5, 2019 - 5:57 pm

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.

  • gamefly free trial June 6, 2019 - 11:37 am

    This site definitely has all the information I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.