A Medical (School) Mystery of 1906: Who Was Francis?

In the autumn of 1906, a group of 15 men gathered for a photo outside of Georgetown’s Dental Infirmary, which was then located on H Street NW. Someone apparently knew enough about the photo’s timing to write, with specificity, “Nov. 1906” and “1st Yr Medical” along its left side. Yet the person (or someone else) provided, in handwriting, an incomplete list of the men’s last names. A question that has interested me, colleagues, and other researchers is: Who is the Black man, identified as Francis, in the center of the group? This research project, using materials from Georgetown’s and other collections, takes a close look at that question.

Bill Cessato, deputy director, Center for Research & Fellowships
Library Staff