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Dr. James Francis Shober Portrait and Diploma

Identifier: SC Small 107

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a framed portrait and framed medical diploma of Dr. James Francis Shober.


  • Creation: Various

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. James Francis Shober was the known first Black physician with a medical degree to practice in North Carolina. He was born in Salem, N.C. on August 23, 1853. He received his bachelor's degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1875 and obtained his medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1878.

Dr. Shober opened practice at 713 Princess Street in Wilmington, N.C. In 1881, he married Anna Maria Taylor and had two daughters, Mary Louise and Emily Lillian. He died at the age of 36 on January 6, 1889 and is buried in Pine Forest Cemetery in Wilmington.


2 Items (Contains two framed items.)

Language of Materials



Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the nieces of Dr. Shober, Addie Whiteman King, Glady Whiteman Baskerville, and Carrie Taylor Wright in 1980.

Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository