Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837-1913 - Ontario Heritage Trust


Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837-1913

Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott received his medical licence in 1861, becoming the first Canadian-born doctor of African descent. He was one of eight Black surgeons to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After returning home, he established a medical practice in Chatham, served as president of the Wilberforce Educational Institute, and became Kent County's first Black coroner.


At the BME Freedom Park, corner of Wellington and Princess streets, Chatham-Kent

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Municipality of Chatham-Kent (District)

Municipality: Municipality of Chatham-Kent