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Dorothy Lavinia Brown
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Born (1914-01-07)January 7, 1914
Died June 13, 2004(2004-06-13) (aged 90)
  • surgeon
  • politician
  • teacher
Known for first female African American in the Tennessee General Assembly

Dorothy Lavinia Brown (January 7, 1914 – June 13, 2004), also known as "Dr. D.", was an African-American surgeon, legislator, and teacher. She was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the Southeastern United States. She was also the first African American female to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly as she was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. While serving in the House of Representatives, Brown fought for women rights with abortions and for the rights of people of color.


She died in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2004 of congestive heart failure.

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