Visiting the grave site after reading The Boston Globe article

The front page of the Boston Globe had a very well written and touching story about Rebecca and Arthur Crumpler, and how the grave stone dedication came to be. Globe staff reporter Brian MacQuarrie, did phone interviews for background material and attended the event on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery.

On Saturday morning, Patty who purchased the Globe in Shop & Shop, felt she wanted to find the grave site for the remarkable couple from the article. She mentioned that she had shown the article to a young Black woman in the checkout line who also said she would plan to read more and go to the cemetery.

The grave sites are on Aspen Avenue which is to the left of the flag pole near the Fairview Cemetery office. Drive/walk down to the 5th tree on the right and you will see the back of the grave stones slightly up an incline. (A-90, A-91)

Professional photographs by Jim laFond-Lewis will be posted in the near future.

Dedication of Grave Stones for Dr. Rebecca Crumpler and Arthur Crumpler

Glorious day at Fairview Cemetery, thanks to many donations which made this event possible. Because of Covid precautions we did not have a large public gathering. Details and professional photos in another post. These photos were taken by Thien Simpson from Hyde Park Main Streets.

Reverend Arthur Gerald, Victoria Gall, Dean Joan Reede, Attorney Anthony Neal
Back of stone before landscaping
Rey Bartlett

Information table
The Press!

The Program

Overview of Rebecca Crumpler’s life – Victoria Gall

Historic significance and today’s relevance – Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for diversity and community partnership, Harvard Medical School

About Arthur Crumpler – Journalist, Attorney Anthony Neal

Blessing of grave stones and significance of the historic 12th Baptist church – Senior Pastor Reverend Arthur T. Gerald, Jr.

Special recognition for the the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry Regiment and the Boston Police Academy graduating class 59-19.

Details to follow.

Look for an article about the event in the Sunday Boston Globe on 7/19/2020, and be sure to watch NBC Nightly News (6:30 ET) as well. The local community newspaper, The Bulletin, will also run the story on 7/23.

When you go to Fairview Cemetery, drive in past the office and stay to the left of the flag pole. The grave sites are 5 trees ahead on the right.

Dr. Crumpler not mentioned in PBS program on 19th century female pioneering physicians

‘Follow the challenging and illuminating history of 19th century women doctors.’

https://www.pbs.org/show/daring-women-doctors-physicians-19th-century/

Excellent history lesson that included a few sentences about the New England Female Medical College (NEFMC) where Dr. Crumpler graduated in 1864. The program mentioned: Dr. Rebecca Cole, who graduated in 1867 from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania to be the 2nd black women to earn a medical degree, and also Elisa Grier, the 1st black female physician to work in Georgia (1897).

Why was Rebecca Lee Crumpler not discussed? Was it because no one has yet to find a photographer of her? Harvard University and Radcliff University provided source material for the program, so they had the opportunity to search the Countway Medical Library where there is a copy of a NEFMC annual report that lists Dr. Rebecca Lee as a student. That library also has a link to a copy of her 1883, ” A Book of Medical Discourses”.

Don’t let this omission stop you from watching the program which indeed is very informative.

Foundations in place

The foundation for the grave stones for Rebecca Crumpler and for Arthur Crumpler are in place. The grave stones will be installed when the inscriptions are completed.

Looking at the ‘front’ of the stones , and toward Aspen Avenue. Dr. Crumpler ‘s stone will be on the left.
Parallel to the road .
Looking at what will be the back side of the stones where there will be writing about the Crumpler’s significance. This is what will be seen from the road.

Crumpler Grave Stones

The granite has arrived from Vermont and the text for the inscriptions on the graves stones for Rebecca and Arthur Crumpler has been finalized. The front side will have name and dates, and the back side will honor them with information about their lives.

The public dedication ceremony has been cancelled. When the stones are installed later next month, their location in Fairview Cemetery will be posted. A memorial card with quotations from Dr. Crumpler’s book will be available in the cemetery office when it is open.

Plans for a memorial plaque in another location are being discussed.

Suffolk Street NOT Chestnut Street

A correction to the previous post. A Crumpler Fund donor, Robert M., suggested that the reference to 72 Chestnut Street be checked because it likely was not the home of Dr. Rebecca Lee.  From records Robert forwarded, it appears that Rebecca Lee at #72 was a wealthy, property-owning widow.   Dr. Lee had no money, resulting in Wyatt Lee being buried in a grave for an indigent person.

Further investigation located a Rebecca Lee living at 73 Suffolk Street, now  Shawmut Avenue in the South End.   Dover Street is now East Berkeley.   In fire insurance maps, red/pink buildings are brick, and yellow are wood framed.

#73 would have been opposite the word Suffolk. Plan of the City of Boston, Publisher Boston: Prang & Co. Lith., 1861, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

D.A. Sanborn, Insurance map of Boston : volume 1 (1867). Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.

It’s  possible that Dr. Lee lived on Suffolk Street after medical school and before she went to Virginia to work for the Freedmen’s Bureau.  She may have also lived there during her medical training. As you can see on the map, it would have been an easy walk to the medical school on Stoughton Street between Albany and Harrison Avenue in the South End.

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Atlas of the county of Suffolk, Massachusetts plate X,  1874, Publisher : G.M. Hopkins & Co., Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

A’Llyn Ettien, the Collections Management Librarian at Boston University, Alumni Medical Library wrote that the 1860 Annual Report stated that  “Board can be had in the city for $4 to $6 a week, according to accommodations. Students, who desire it, will be assisted in obtaining suitable boarding-places.”

If any other information in these posts needs correction, please let us know.  Of course, we also look forward to new bits of information about the lives or Rebecca and Arthur Crumpler.

 

 

 

Two ways to support the Crumpler project

  1. Make out a check to Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library indicating that it is for the Crumpler Fund. Address: Hyde Park Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136 Paypal buttons below. Please supply your name, phone number and email address when prompted.

The Friends of the Hyde Park Library is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization.

Tax ID# 04-2774183

 

Charlestown – Boston ‘homes’ 1852-1879

Where did Rebecca,Wyatt and Arthur live between 1852-1880?  (Source in parenthesis)  If you have any primary source documentation for the years without information please send it to: friendshplibrary@yahoo.com

April 19,1852  Rebecca and Wyatt – Charlestown MA (Marriage Registration)

May 20,1853    Death of Wyatt’s son Albert, born in VA,1846 A.Lee Death

1854         —————-

1855         Wyatt and Rebecca Lee Ward – 3 Charlestown 1855 MA cenus - Charlestown Ward 3 CROPPED

1856          Wyatt Lee 37 Cook St. rear, Charlestown1856 directory

1857,1858,1859       ————

1860          Wyatt and Rebecca Lee -Ward 5, Boston  1860 Ward 5 census

1861, 1862          Rebecca Lee may have had been in medical school housing

April 18,1863    Wyatt Lee, 2 Smith Pl., BostonW.Lee Death

June 1863      Arthur Crumpler, Newton, MA (Draft Registration)

1864          ——                          

June 2,1865   Marriage Rebecca Lee and Arthur Crumpler                                                                                   72 Chestnut St, Boston (BD)

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1866          72 Chestnut St. (BD)  

1867          RC – Richmond VA with Freeman’s Bureau (Allen Catalog)

1868           ——————     

1869          Arthur and Rebecca Crumpler –  67 Joy St., Bostoncropprd BD 1869

1870          20 Garden St., Boston1870-71 directory cropped  

                 Lizzie Sinclair Crumpler 12/18/1970 Lizzie birth registry CROPPED

1870          AC buys land in Hyde Park (Norfolk County Deed)    

1871, 1872, 1873     —————-

1874           RC teaching in Wilmington, DE (Allen Catalog)

1875/76      AC  work and board locations  (BD)

1875-76 boston directory cropped1876          RC teaching in New Castle, DE (Allen Catalog)

1877          ——————–

1878          AC buys land in Hyde Park (Norfolk County deed)

1879          AC boards at 4 Hamilton Pl.  (BD)

1880         RC and AC in Hyde Park, MA    1880 census cropped

 

More primary source material in the next posting.  Stay well and take the time to read about local and state history. 

 

 

Two ways to support the Crumpler project

  1. Make out a check to Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library indicating that it is for the Crumpler Fund. Address: Hyde Park Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136 Paypal buttons below. Please supply your name, phone number and email address when prompted.

The Friends of the Hyde Park Library is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization.

Tax ID# 04-2774183

 

April 18th Presentation Postponed

In February, when we started the campaign to raise money for one  grave stone for Dr. Rebecca Crumpler and Arthur Crumpler, we assumed it would take months to get the word out and to raise the $5,000.    Surprisingly it took about 2 weeks to surpass the goal thanks  to social medial sharing and a Boston Globe article.

Twos grave stones have been order from a Vermont quarry. We  hope work will  soon resume, and that our order  quickly work its way to the head of the queue.  The stones will be shipped to Quincy where they will be inscribed before installation at Fairview Cemetery.

Since the April 18th Historical Society event has been cancelled, here is some interesting  information about Dr. Crumpler’s life.

1855 Charlestown Massachusetts Census 

 (Wyatt Lee – Rebecca Lee)1855 MA cenus - Charlestown Ward 3 cropped

Boston Post  May 28, 1869 

Anniversary Meeting of the New England Anti-slavery Society

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The New Journal     

Wilmington Delaware, March 17, 1874

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1880  Federal Census Norfolk County, Massachusetts 

croppedResident and Business  Directory of Hyde Park, Massachusetts  – Similar information  in  1883, 1884  and 1885 1883-85 W.River Street

More primary source material in the next posting.  Stay well and take the time to read about local and state history. 

Go for a walk in a cemetery to see history and spring time. FYI – Mount Auburn Cemetery has closed it gates to walkers  because the roadways and paths were becoming crowded.  Try Forest Hills – Jamaica Pain, Brookdale – Dedham,  Cedar Grove – Dorchester,  Calvary, New Calvary and Mt. Hope – Roslindale/Boston,  and of course Fairview – Hyde Park  just  to name just a few. 

 

Two ways to support the Crumpler project

  1. Make out a check to Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library indicating that it is for the Crumpler Fund. Address: Hyde Park Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136 Paypal buttons below. Please supply your name, phone number and email address when prompted.

The Friends of the Hyde Park Library is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization.

Tax ID# 04-2774183