Thanks goes out to Angela Williamson for continuing to be creative with presenting God Bless America. Please keep the family of Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville Mary Hogan Collins in your thoughts and prayers. We want to also remember that John Glenn is recovering from surgery.
Florida State University Film School professor Valerie Scoon was the meeting program speaker. Professor Scoon shed light on the medical profession from the viewpoint of women. It was pointed out that many of the challenges women faced in the medical profession years ago, are still obstacles today. Much progress has been made, but we still have some distant to go to find equality.
Professor Scoon highlighted African American Dr. Eliza Ann Grier. Despite being an emancipated slave with little money or education, through determination and faith, Dr. Grier graduated from Fisk University and the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. This was during a time when women in general were not encouraged to get an education, not to mention become a doctor. Dr. Grier became the first African American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. In 1901, she moved to Thomasville and took in patients at an office at 731 N. Madison St. Her office sign informed residents: Dr. Eliza A. Grier, Physician and Surgeon, With Special Attention to Women and Children. When she died of a stroke at the untimely age of 40, articles in The Times-Enterprise described her as a much-loved figure in town, known for her fine solo voice as well as her medical expertise.
As President John Brown reminds us each week,