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Robert Tanner Freeman

Dr. Tanner graduated from the Harvard University dental school in 1869.

Dr. Robert Tanner freeman was the first African American dentist to receive a degree in the united states. Robert Tanner Freeman was born in Washington DC in 1846. He was the son of slaves who had bought their freedom.  Dr. Tanner graduated from the Harvard University dental school in 1869. He and George Lewis Ruffin (law school) share the distinction of being the first African Americans to graduate from Harvard University.

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