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Conway physician honored as part of Black History Month

Posted: February 6, 2010 - 6:31pm
Ralph P. Cummings, M.D.
Ralph P. Cummings, M.D.

Dr. Ralph Percy Cummings was a well-known and respected physician and surgeon who dedicated his services to the citizens of Conway and surrounding communities for over 26 years.

Cummins was born in Georgetown, Demerara County, British Guyana, South America. 

He emigrated to the United States at an early age and established his residence in Boston, Mass.

He later enrolled in and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.   

Upon receiving his medical degree in 1914 he was determined to provide improved health care and availability to citizens in the community most in need of the care and many who could not afford it. 

He established his medical practice in Conway in 1919 and served with distinction until his death in 1945.

Cummings was also especially active in local community organizations and had a special interest in improving and supporting educational advantages for the youth and young adults in the area.

He is long remembered and greatly admired for his contributions to the improved health and quality of family life in Conway.

Cummings biography was written by his son Robert Cummings (Little Bob) and presented to Mary F. Beard, RN Executive Director of Pine Street Free Clinic, Inc.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The month of February was designated as Black History Month. The remembrance was founded in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson. Originally it was a week long starting the second week of February but was changed to an entire month dedicated to black history later on. )

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