Text from “HerStory” August 2020
Dr. Rebecca Crumpler Remembered in Hyde Park
Organizations in Hyde Park, including the Friends of the Hyde Park Library and the Hyde Park Historical Society, have successfully completed a project to erect gravestones for Rebecca Lee Crumpler and her husband, Arthur, in the Fairview Cemetery. Rebecca Crumpler, 1831-95, was the first African American woman doctor, a graduate of the New England Female Medical College, and is honored on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail’s Beacon Hill Walk and Charlestown trail. After 1880, she and her husband moved to Hyde Park. It was known that they were buried in Fairview Cemetery but there were no monuments marking their graves. Volunteers solicited funds to cover the cost of gravestones and now those stones have been placed on the graves.