Forgotten afro-american honored in Scotland

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
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Kirkcaldy, Scotland
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Doctor James McCune Smith- the very first Afro-American to ever graduate from a university medical school and became a Doctor has been honored with a cafe in Glasgow Scotland named after him being opened.
From an American enslaved Afro-American family, McCune Smith's ambition to be a Doctor was blocked by racism in his USA homeland.Thus he came to Glasgow, Scotland, and in 1837, graduated as a Doctor of Medicine-as top of his class- at Glasgow University medical school.
Thus becoming the first ever black American to graduate with a medical degree.
Frederick Douglas praised James McCune Smith and Scotland for granting him rights denied him in the USA. in the 1830's.
The man who opened the Glasgow restaurant named after Doctor McCune Smith said that he did so acknowledge the debt that Glasgow owed the Afro-American slaves who made Glasgow rich via the Virginia tobacco trade and Afro-American slave trading with Virginia which saw Glasgow expand.from being a small village in 1709 to becoming one of the British Empire's most important seaports and industrial cities by 1815.
Glasgow shipyards also built some of the Confederacy's most successful blockade running ships and CSA President Jefferson Davis post -1865,:lol: was a house guest in Glasgow of one the rich Glasgow merchants who had supported the CSA during 1861-65.
So this Restaurant named after Doctor James McCune Smith is an attempt to atone for Glasgow's roles in the oppression of Afro-Americans.
 

olly

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Feb 2011
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Yea good post dennis i read about him some time ago, he joined the Glasgow emancipation Society while here and when he went back to America he joined the American Anti-Slavery Society, I feel quite proud my city set this guys life into motion.
 

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
3,386
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
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Thanks Olly! Glasgow also allowed world heavyweight champion Joe Louis, to do something that he could never have done in his birthplace stae of Alabama in 1944 when the fabled ''Brown Bomber'' came to give a boxing exhibition in Glasgow's St Andrew's Hall (burned down alas!- in 1962).
Louis who was mad on golf- and then alsot a Sergeant in the U.S. Army- thought that Glasgow's St Andrew's Hall must be close to the the Old Course in ST. Andrew's, Fife, but he was very disappointed when he was informed that the Old Course in St. Andrew's Fife was 80 miles away-too far and time consuming to travel as Louis was on a tight time iteniary.
However, Bearsden's exclusive Douglas Park golf club arranged for Joe to have 18 holes as their guest-something no Alabama golf club in July 1944 (when Louis played Douglas Park golf course in Glasgow's Bearsden.would have permitted Alabama born Afro--American world heavyweight champ, Louis. to do.
 

Sindane

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Aug 2013
4,686
Europe
#6
Re Joe Louis and Glasgow . Another sporting connection , Gil Scott Herons dad , Gil Heron , was the first black man to play for Glasgow Celtic FC .
 

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