On this day in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell received her medical degree from Geneva College in New York, making her the first woman to be officially recognized as a physician in U.S. history.

Zemma Haynes Taylor of Farmerville, Louisiana made this pictorial quilt, titled “American Pride,” between 1932-33. The quilt was documented as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

From this Quilt Index record:

Zemma Haynes Taylor (1886-1951) was the wife of Farmerville, Louisiana physician Jordan G. Taylor. She made this quilt for the quilt contest sponsored by Sears & Roebuck as part of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. Later that year, Taylor sent the quilt to industrialist Henry Ford as a gift from “the wife of a country doctor who appreciates the Ford car.” Physicians were often the first to acquire automobiles in smaller towns and rural communities. Many doctors chose to drive a dependable Ford automobile to visit their patients—at a time when doctors still made house calls.

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