Discovering a Hidden Figure of Service and Leadership: The Reverend Charles Edgar Newsome, MD
by Leon McDougle M.D., M.P.H., Leta Hendricks, QuinnCapers IV M.D., Simone C. Drake Ph.D., Eric B. Herschthal, Ph.D.
Collaborative research between the University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Health Sciences Library and Department of African and African American Studies recently identified Dr. Charles Edgar Newsome as the institution's first African American physician graduate in 1893. Born May 25, 1856 in the town of Buffalo within Putnam County of Northwest Virginia, he served for 3 years and 6 months as a member of the Regimental Band of the United States Army 25th Infantry, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, became Grand Master of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, and served communities of the state as a reverend, physician, and civic leader. Archival records and photographs uncover the remarkable life of Reverend Charles Edgar Newsome, MD, a hidden figure in history.
First African American Physician; Buffalo Soldier; Grand United Order of Odd Fellows; African Methodist Episcopal Church