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Frazer, Patterson Tilford, Jr.

(born: Oct. 15, 1889  -  died: Mar. 30, 1947) Patterson T. Frazer, Jr. was born in Allensville, KY, the son of Henry and Sarah Frazer, according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Patterson Frazer came to Hopkinsville, KY, at the age of 12 to attend Hopkinsville Male and Female College, according to W. T. Turner and D. K. Stone (see below). His uncle, P. T. Frazer, Sr., was principal of the school.

Frazer would continue his education at Meharry Medical College, where he earned his M.D. in 1913. He opened a medical practice in Cadiz, KY, later leaving the practice to serve in the U.S. Army during World War I: He was a lieutenant in the Colored M.R.C. (Medical Reserve Corp). At the end of his military service, Frazer opened a medical practice in Hopkinsville; he would remain in the city for the remainder of his life.

Frazer is remembered for his successful medical career and for Frazer's Natatorium (a swimming pool in its own building). It was a rare thing to have such a facility for African Americans in the 1930s.

For more see "P. T. Frazer, Jr. M.D." in Hopkinsville, by W. T. Turner and D. K. Stone; "Patterson Tilford FRAZER Jr." in W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley, African American Doctors of World War I, pp. 83-85, available at Google Books; and The Meharry News, vol. 14, issue 3, p. 7.

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NKAA Entry: Hopkinsville Male and Female College
NKAA Source: Hopkinsville
NKAA Source: The Meharry news (periodical)
NKAA Source: African American Schools in Todd County, KY

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