21 Feb African American History Month at H.A.B. Dental
All month long at HAB Dental’s Boynton Beach and Boca Raton locations, we will be celebrating National African American History Month.
The American Dental Association tells us about one of the many African American trailblazers in dentistry. “Throughout the evolution of dental practices over the years, African Americans have found a way to use their platform to continue breaking barriers, effecting change, and leading the charge for equality in the field of dentistry and beyond,” the ADA says.
2 African Americans Who Left Their Mark on Dentistry
- “Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, Washington, D.C. native and son of former slaves developed an interest in dentistry after working for mentor Dr. Henry Bliss Noble. After being rejected from two dental schools because of the color of his skin, Dr. Freeman went on to enroll at Harvard University’s School of Dentistry as a part of their inaugural class,” the ADA reports.
Dr. Freeman graduated from Harvard in 1869 and became the first African American dentist in the nation’s history. He set up a practice in D.C., but sadly, he died only four years later in 1873.
- Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, who had worked as a seamstress, was the first African American woman to become a dentist. “Enrolling in the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry in 1887, Dr. Rollins graduated in 1890. She then relocated to Cincinnati, becoming the first African American woman to own a dental practice there. And in 1895, after marrying James Sanford Nelson, Ida relocated to, and opened a dental practice in, Chicago, becoming the first African American woman to do so,” the ADA says.
Boca Raton dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian, who also has a dental office in Boynton Beach, and the entire team at H.A.B. Dental celebrate the diversity of our South Florida community every day and are proud to mark African American History Month.