Dr. Matilda A. Evans (1870s-1935) received an M.D. degree from Oberlin College in 1897, the only African-American in her class. She was a native of Aiken, and a student at Schofield Normal School, where the school's Quaker founder encouraged her to pursue her education. After receiving her medical degree, she moved to Columbia and set up a practice in which she treated both African-Americans and whites. It was she who established the first African-American hospital in South Carolina. She was also instrumental in creating the South Carolina Good Health Association as a stimulus to good health practices among the poor. Photograph by Richard S. Roberts, about 1930.
Courtesy of the Estate of Richard Samuel Roberts.