Dr. Pope was both a physician and a businessman who served as an officer and surgeon in the Spanish American War in 1898. He attended Shaw University, then the Leonard Medical Center, where he graduated with the rest of the founds of ONSMS (1888). In 1919 he ran for a seat on the Raleigh City Council facing a rising tide of restrictions and abuse in the Jim Crow era.
Active in politics and civil rights, Dr. Scruggs was born a slave in Virginia in 1857. After being denied membership, Dr. Scruggs and our other founders organized ONSMS. Scruggs became an attending physician at St. Agnes Hospital in Raleigh. Dr. Scruggs sought stability and interracial harmony throughout his medical career and his political activities.
Dr. Williams was one of the first three black doctors licensed in the state of NC. Among his other notable achievements, in 1882 he came to Charlotte and was a founding faculty member for the first public school for black children, the Myers Street School, where he taught for three years.
Dr. Moore was the first black medical doctor of Durham, NC, and the founder of Lincoln Hospital, which served black patients during a time of racial segregation. He was also a prominent businessman, instrumental in the incorporation of North Carolina Mutual Life Company, which went on to become the largest black-owned business in the country. Through his philanthropic work and business acumen, he was demonstrably influential in improving the standard of living of African Americans in Durham.