Dr. Thomas J. Fawcett (b. 1877) Lynchburg Physician

Dr. Thomas James Fawcett was educated at Boydton Institute in Boydton, Virginia, his place of birth. He received his medical training at Leonard Medical College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1904 Dr. Fawcett was licensed by the Virginia Board of Medical Examiners and came to Lynchburg to practice medicine. For many years his office was at 902 Fifth Street, where he practiced until the early 1940s.

Donated by Muriel Fawcett Ware

Dr. Thomas J. Fawcett’s Graduation, 1904

Dr. Thomas J. Fawcett attended Leonard Medical School of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Leonard, one of eleven medical schools for African Americans that opened in the nineteenth century, was founded in 1880. Leonard closed in 1915 after a 1910 survey of medical schools by Abraham Flexner determined that of the medical schools for African Americans, only Howard and Meharry were strong enough to continue.

Donated by Charlie Gilmore

Birth Certificate Signed by Dr. Thomas J. Fawcett, 1925

Dr. Fawcett, like Lynchburg’s other African American physicians, was a general practitioner who delivered many babies at home. In 1925 he signed a birth certificate for Fletcher Beatrice Jones, whose father, Frank Jones, was a porter at Union Station and whose mother, Lillie Fitzgerald Jones, worked as a domestic. The Jones family lived at 616 Polk Street.

Loaned by Hazel Royal

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