Beulah Wright Porter

Beulah Wright PorterPrice (1869-1928) was an educator, physician, and an active participant in the African American women’s club movement in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the early twentieth century. When Porter established a medical practice in Indianapolis in 1897, she became the first African American woman physician in the city with her own practice.[1] However, Porter left her medical practice in 1901 and became a principal of a public school in Indianapolis in 1905.[2] In addition, Porter combined her medical knowledge in conjunction with her involvement in the city’s women’s club movement. As a co-founder of the Woman’s Improvement Club (WIC) of Indianapolis with Lillian Thomas Fox in 1903,[3][4] Porter used her medical expertise contributed to the early work of the Indianapolis charitable organization whose goal was to combat tuberculosis.[5][6] The WIC began as a literary club and with a goal of self-improvement to combat medical needs of African Americans, including training nurses.[7] In 1905, Fox, Porter, Ida Webb Bryant and members of the WIC established a tuberculosis camp to treat infected African American children.[8] Porter was active in other local clubs, including the Grand Body of the Sisters of Charity, and a local chapter of the NAACP.[9]

Dr. Beulah W. Porter, 1900

Dr. Porter’s first marriage was to Jefferson D. Porter on March 8, 1893. She married Walter M. Price on November 14, 1914

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  1. The Staff of the Indiana Magazine of History (March 12, 2012). “Above And Beyond: Lillian Thomas Fox & Beulah Wright Porter”.
  2. David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, eds. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. p. 222. ISBN 0253312221.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. History, The Staff of the Indiana Magazine of. “Above And Beyond: Lillian Thomas Fox & Beulah Wright Porter”. Moment of Indiana History – Indiana Public Media. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  4. “OPINION: Women in Indiana’s history are overlooked. Here are a few you should know”. Indiana Daily Student. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  5. Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair, eds. (2015). Indiana’s 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-87195-387-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. Earline Rae Ferguson (September 1988). “The Woman’s Improvement Club of Indianapolis: Black Women Pioneers in Tuberculosis Work, 1903-1938”. Indiana Magazine of History. Bloomington: Indiana University. 84 (3): 240. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. Thornbrough, Emma Lou (2000). Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century. Indiana University Press. pp. 21. ISBN 0253337992.
  8. Bodenhamer, David J; Barrows, Robert G., eds. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. p. 1438. ISBN 0253312221.
  9. Ferguson, p. 252.

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