SC’s first black woman doctor honored with marker

March 31, 2019 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is honoring the first African American woman doctor in the state with a new historical marker outside her historic Columbia home.

The marker recognizing Matilda Arabelle Evans was dedicated during a ceremony Friday, The State newspaper reported .

Brad Sauls, of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, says Evans lived from 1872 to 1935 and is noted for opening the city’s first hospital for African Americans. She also opened two nurse training centers in the early 1910s and volunteered for the Medical Service Corps in World War I.


Evans’ home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in January.

“This is very worthy of recognition, on a local and state level,” said Nancy Stone-Collum of the Richland County Conservation Commission, which paid for the marker. “She was quite a doer... as a woman and as an African-American in that day and age that is quite a feat.”

Evans’ 2½-story home, located at 2027 Taylor St., was built in 1915, roughly a block from Benedict College, a historically black college that was founded by Bathsheba Benedict in 1870.

The effort to note Evans’ home started with Kathryn Silva, a history professor at Claflin University. About a year ago, Patrice Green, a student at the University of South Carolina, registered Evans’ home with the National Register of Historic Places as part of a class project at the University of South Carolina, Green said.

“I think getting it on the historic registry helped it get the state marker,” Green said.


Information from: The State,