James McCune Smith first ex-slave to graduate

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
3,386
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
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James McCune Smith the very first Afro-American ex- slave to gain three university degrees is being celebrated just now by his former Alma Mater-Scotland's University of Glasgow where he passed Bachelor/Masters and Doctorate degrees in the 1830's is being celebrated by Glasgow university,
Born to an enslaved mother in South Carolina in 1813, McCune Smith was freed in 1827 by New York's Emancipation Act.
However, every American university he applied to rejected him on racial grounds.
Consequently he was accepted by Glasgow University medical school where he obtained his three degrees. including a Doctorate.in the 1830's
He returned to Manhattan where he prospered as a medic.The first African to graduate from a Scottish university was from Sierra Leone and he graduated from Edinburgh Uni in 1817.
 

martin76

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Dec 2014
6,344
Spain
#2
James McCune Smith the very first Afro-American ex- slave to gain three university degrees is being celebrated just now by his former Alma Mater-Scotland's University of Glasgow where he passed Bachelor/Masters and Doctorate degrees in the 1830's is being celebrated by Glasgow university,
Born to an enslaved mother in South Carolina in 1813, McCune Smith was freed in 1827 by New York's Emancipation Act.
However, every American university he applied to rejected him on racial grounds.
Consequently he was accepted by Glasgow University medical school where he obtained his three degrees. including a Doctorate.in the 1830's
He returned to Manhattan where he prospered as a medic.The first African to graduate from a Scottish university was from Sierra Leone and he graduated from Edinburgh Uni in 1817.
I guess you are talking about the first black-slave in British dominions to go to University.. but not he first black-salve to go to University, in general.
 

betgo

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Jul 2011
6,107
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I looked him up and saw conflicting information, but all sources said he was never a slave. Some say his mother was free. Others say his mother was slave, but he was born free, as anyone born in New York was free under the Emancipation Act. He was "mulatto", and there are also conflicting theories as to whether his father was his mother's owner, his father was white and his mother was free, or his parents were both free black.

He was active in abolitionist politics. He was also the doctor at the colored orphanage in New York when it was burnt in the draft riots.
 

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