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Grave of Indiana's 1st black physician gets headstone

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Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:48 am

INDIANAPOLIS — The grave of a man believed to have been Indiana's first licensed African-American physician is getting a headstone more than a century after his death.

The grave marker honoring Dr. Samuel A. Elbert will be unveiled Tuesday at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Elbert died in 1902 and was known for overcoming racial barriers in the medical field. But most white doctors would not allow him in their offices and medical schools refused to accept him. Elbert was eventually able to attend the Medical College of Indiana in 1869 by doing work around the campus in exchange for attending lectures.

The Indianapolis Star reports the effort to give Elbert a grave marker is a partnership of the Indianapolis Medical Society and the Aesculapian Medical Society.