Dr. Dorothy Brown
Summary: pioneering surgeon who was the first black female to become a surgeon in the U.S. South, who held the position chief of surgery at Riverside Hospital for 25 years in Nashville and received numerous awards and accolades for her work in medicine, and who in 1966 was elected to the state House of Representatives and co-sponsored the legislation that created "Negro History Week", which grew to become the nationwide Black History Month.
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Born: January 7, 1914
Died: June 13, 2004
Location: Nashville, Tennessee