Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward of Weeksville


Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward of Weeksville


Sarah Smith Garnet & Dr. Susan Smith-McKinney Steward were sisters - Sarah the eldest of 10, Susan the 7th.

Together, their impact on Brooklyn's African-American community was immense.

Their suffrage contributions - Sarah's especially - were significant.

They grew up on Long Island and in @Weeksville, an independent Black community in Brooklyn founded in 1838. Their father Sylvanus was a prominent abolitionist and community leader.

Susan went to medical school at the New York Medical College, which Dr. Clemence Lozier had founded in 1863 so other women would have an easier path into medicine than her own.

Susan graduated in 1870, valedictorian of her class.

She was the third African-American woman to graduate medical school in the US. She built a thriving pediatric and OB practice in Brooklyn and founded the Women's Hospital & Dispensary and the Homeopathic Hospital. She treated Black and white patients in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

The townhouse where she lived and worked still stands, as does the impressive red brick Brooklyn Home for the Aged in Weeksville, where she was the physician of record for two decades. @brownstoner illustrates accomplishments with site-specific photos https://t.co/ZMsyksxlHg

Dr. McKinney is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery with a terrific headstone. A block of Prospect Place is named in her honor, and a medical society founded in 1974 is named for her. Read more about Dr. McKinney on the @BKLYNLibrary site https://t.co/PhlDTpw5jO

...and listen to the @BrooklynHistory podcast about her: https://t.co/xViA0yXvWm

In 1902, Susan helped her older sister create the Brooklyn Equal Suffrage League, the city's first African-American organization devoted to women's suffrage. Tune in tomorrow for more. #BlackSuffragists #Suffrage100


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Daily Suffragist, “Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward of Weeksville,” Daily Suffragist, accessed July 22, 2024, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/392.

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