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Alice Woodby McKane

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Alice Woodby McKane (1865–1948) was the first woman to work as a doctor in Savannah, Georgia.


Childhood and education

McKane was born February 12, 1865Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. Her parents died before she reached the age of seven and she lost her vision for three years.

Alice graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia in 1889. In 1892, she graduated from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania with a medical degree.


Alice moved to Augusta, Georgia where she taught at the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute, now the Lucy Craft Laney High School. She met her husband, Cornelius McKane, and moved with him to his physician's practice in Savannah. In 1893, the couple opened the McKane Training School for Nurses, a school for black nurses and the first one of its kind in Southeast Georgia.She died March 6, 1948.

Alice also wrote and published Clover Leaves, a poetry book, in 1914.


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