From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Fitzbutler, Sarah Helen M.

(born: 1848  -  died: 1923) 

Dr. Fitzbutler graduated from the Louisville National Medical College in 1892. She was the first woman of color to earn a medical degree in Kentucky; she went on to practice medicine in Louisville with her husband, Dr. Henry Fitzbutler. Sarah was born in Pennsylvania, according to the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, and after marrying Henry, the Fitzbutler family lived in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada before moving to the U.S. Sarah died in Chicago in 1923, according to her death certificate. She was the mother of Dr. Mary Fitzbutler Waring and several other children. For more see "Henry Fitzbutler: Detroit's First Black Medical Student," by L. L. Hanawalt, Detroit in Perspective: a Journal of Regional History (Winter 1973), pp. 126-140; and In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., edited by M. M. Spradling.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Louisville National Medical College
NKAA Entry: Fitzbutler, Henry
NKAA Entry: Waring, Mary R. Fitzbutler
NKAA Entry: Spradling, Mary E. Mace
NKAA Source: Detroit in perspective : a journal of regional history (periodical)
NKAA Source: In Black and white : a guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning more than 15,000 Black individuals and groups

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Waring, Mary R. Fitzbutler
NKAA Entry:  Citizen's Auxiliary Hospital (Louisville, KY)

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