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In 1901, Dr. Roger Williams opened one the first drugstores operated by an African American at this location. He was also the second African American to practice medicine in Mobile. Born on a sugar plantation, Dr. Williams studied medicine at the Meharry Medical School and graduated in 1900. He was a prominent figure in the city, serving in medical and civic associations, and was General Chairman of the Mobile Emancipation Association. The marker was erected by the African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.


  • The marker is one of many on the African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.
"Dr. H. Roger Williams (1869-1929)." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed January 4, 2017. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=86393.

Photo by: Mark Hilton