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This is a photograph of Maritcha as an adult.

In adulthood, Maritcha was able to fulfill her lifelong ambition of becoming a school teacher. In her memoir, she credited the many people who helped her at every step of the way. In childhood, there… Read More

T. McCants Stewart was born into a relatively privileged family in Charleston, South Carolina that could afford to give him a pretty good secondary school education. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in… Read More

Born a slave in Florida, T. Thomas Fortune was freed after emancipation. As a young man, he headed north to Washington D.C. where he attended Howard University and worked for a local newspaper. He then settled in New York City and established himself… Read More

On March 19, 1874 Philip was finally elected member of the College of Pharmacy. Read More

Philip apprenticed in James McCune Smith's pharmacy from 1840 to 1842. On that basis he was allowed to matriculate at the College of Pharmacy of the City of New York. Out of an entering class of twenty-seven students, he was one of only four to… Read More

Many of the men in my family—Peter Guignon, Philip White, Peter Williams Ray, and Jerome Bowers Peterson—were ardent supporters of St. Philip's. First elected to the vestry in 1850, Philip became an increasingly important force to be reckoned… Read More

When St. Philip's moved from its Mulberry Street building to a new location furrther uptown at 161 West 25th Street, Cornelia Guignon and her brother Peter Williams Ray asked the firm of Tandy and Foster to design an altar in honor of their parents.… Read More

After the assassination of President Lincoln, black Americans came together to erect a monument in his honor. Henry Highland Garnet put together a committee, the National Lincoln Monument Association, whose membership included James McCune Smith,… Read More