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Dr. Alfreda Johnson-Webb (1923 – 1992)
Alfreda Johnson Webb (1923-1992) was born in Mobile, Alabama. She earned a bachelors of science degree from Tuskegee Institute (now University). Webb also obtained a masters degree in anatomy from Michigan State University. She then attended Tuskegee’s Institute’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1949. Webb was the first African American woman to graduate from a school of veterinary medicine. She was also the first African American woman licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the U.S.
Dr. Webb then became an instructor at Tuskegee where she taught classes in anatomy until 1959. She then served as a biology professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University from 1959-1978. As a faculty member, she was part of the planning committee, which founded the School of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Webb also served as the first African American woman representative in the North Carolina General Assembly. In this role, she served on several committees including serving as the Chairperson of Minority Affairs, Dr. Webb also served as a member of the North Carolina Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She was married to Dr. Burleigh Webb and they had three children, two sons, and one daughter. Dr. Webb died in 1992.