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Dr Sarah Garland <I>Boyd</I> Jones

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Dr Sarah Garland Boyd Jones

Birth
Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Death 11 May 1905 (aged 39–40)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Section B1, plot 6
Memorial ID 38448937 View Source
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Sarah Garland (Boyd) Jones was the first black person and first woman to be certified to practice medicine by the Virginia State Board of Medicine. She graduated in 1883 in a class of six from the Richmond Colored High and Normal School along with Maggie L. Walker and Wendell Dabney. Her father, George W. Boyd, was considered Richmond's premier black builder. (He built the Maggie L. Walker house which is a national historic site.) Sarah received her teaching diploma and was hired to teach at Baker Street School (built by her father). There she met Miles Berkley Jones who also was a teacher. Miles and Sarah were married at the Second Street Baptist Church in 1888.

Unable to teach after she married, Sarah decided to become a doctor. She moved to Washington, DC in 1890 to attend Howard Institute Medical College returning to Richmond, VA on weekends. In 1893 she finished her studies and moved back to Richmond, becoming the first black person to pass the medical exam by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Miles decided to become a doctor also and specialized in the treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases. Sarah, Miles, and Dr. Oswald Barrington Bowser co-founded the Richmond Hospital aka Women's Central Hospital. It was a twenty-five bed facility that treated only black female patients, but was staffed by both black and white physicians. In 1901 the Board opened a training school for nurses within the hospital. It remained open until 1920.

On May 11, 1905 Sarah became ill and died suddenly at her home at 908 N. Third St. Her funeral was held at Second Baptist Church. She was eulogized by Dr. George Ben Johnston, cofounder of Johnston-Willis Hospital. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. At the time of her death, Jones was the only black woman in the commonwealth practicing medicine. She was a member of the Star of Bethlehem Fountain of True Reformers (Rosebud Chapter), and was a founding member of the Medical and Chirurgical Society.

In 1912 the hospital was incorporated and named the Sarah G. Jones Memorial Hospital in Sarah's honor. In 1932 the hospital moved to Overbrook Road near Virginia Union University and in 1945 the name was changed to Richmond Community Hospital.
Sarah was born in 1865 in Albemarle County, VA to George W. and Ellen Boyd. She had one sister, Marie Boyd. (Sources: Richmond Times Dispatch and Inspiring African American Women of Virginia (Veronica Davis).


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