Episode Description

Born in 1850, Sarah Loguen found her calling as a child, when she helped her parents and Harriet Tubman bandage the leg of an injured person escaping slavery. When the Civil War ended and Reconstruction opened up opportunities for African Americans, Loguen became one of the first Black women to earn a medical license. But quickly, racist Jim Crow laws prevailed. At the urging of family friend Frederick Douglass, Loguen married and, with her new husband, set sail for the Dominican Republic where more was possible for a person of color. This is her story.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which houses this tintype portrait, thinks this is probably Sarah Loguen Fraser.


  • April J. Mayes is the Associate Dean, Professor of History, and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Pomona College.
  • Meg Vigil-Fowler is a Historian of Race, Gender, and Medicine.
  • Elise DeAndrea is the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at SUNY Upstate Medical University.


  • Katie Hafner
  • Nora Mathison


  • Nora Mathison(reporter/producer)
  • Ashraya Gupta(producer)
  • Dominique Janee (associate producer)
  • Barbara Howard(managing senior producer) 


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