Justina Ford Medical Society Records
Scope and Contents
Collection includes reports, organizational information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and articles relating to the medical society.
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The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Justina Laurena Warren was born in 1871 in Knoxville, Illinois. She grew up in Galesburg, Illinois and graduated from Hering Medical College in Chicago in 1899. She married John Ford, a Baptist minister, in 1892 and they later moved to Denver, Colorado, when John was transferred to Zion Baptist Church. After initially being denied her medical license and membership in the Colorado Medical Association, she became the first African American woman physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado. As a doctor breaking down barriers for African Americans and women, Ford also worked as a humanitarian. Her service has been recognized in many ways, including naming the Justina Ford Medical Society, and the Ford-Warren Library in honor of her. As of 2012, her former home houses the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center. The Colorado Medical Society, which denied Ford membership until 1950, passed a resolution in 1989 honoring her posthumously "as an outstanding figure in the development and furtherance of health care in Colorado." Justina and Rev. Ford were divorced in 1915. She later married Alfred Allen. Ford continued her medical practice until just weeks before her death in 1952.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, unknown donor, unknown date.
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
- African American physicians -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Organization files Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women physicians -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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