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First African American to Earn Ph.D Highlighted at NHM
February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
In 1876, New Haven resident Edward Alexander Bouchet became the first African American to earn a doctorate degree in the United States. Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey will visit the New Haven Museum to share Bouchet’s little-known story and emphasize the steadfast support of his parents and members of the New Haven community along the way.
Ramsey’s objective is to shed light on the overlooked and sometimes missing pages of African American history, and says his work is guided by the African proverb: When an old person dies, it’s like a library burning down. He is currently developing a play on Bouchet, “Dr.Edward Alexander Bouchet: A Man In Full,” who was one of the first African Americans to attend Yale University. Ramsey notes he hopes to provide attendees with “insight into a man who has been lost to us for a very long time.”