Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

February 27, 1937

On February 27, 1937, the New York Amsterdam News profiled Dr. Anna Cooper Johnson, who had opened a new dental office at 745 St. Nicholas avenue in Harlem. “Dr. Anna Cooper Johnson is a woman of rare beauty, disarming candor and quiet charm,” Amsterdam News journalist Marvel Cooke wrote (Cooke was also a pioneer in her field). “She is a woman every girl has dreamed of being. For in this world of mad competition, through her own efforts, bulwarked by the great confidence her husband has in her, she has risen to the top in the dental profession—a profession in which only a few years ago a lady dared not poke her dainty face” (click to view PDF).

I was unable to find much additional information about Dr. Anna Cooper Johnson in the Amsterdam News or online, but I did locate a 1929 picture of Johnson in her previous offices in the Vincent Sanatorium, 2348 Seventh Avenue. I also learned that in 1890 Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins became the first African-American woman to earn a dental degree in the United States. 

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