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Celebrating Black Iowans: Dr. Edward Carter

Carter was born in Virginia, the son of two ex-slaves. His family moved to Iowa in 1882 where his father worked as a coal miner.

Edward Carter was born in Virginia to two ex-slaves. The family moved to Iowa in 1882 as where Carter's father worked as a coal miner.

Carter graduated from the Iowa Medical College in 1907, the college's first Black graduate.

He returned to Buxton and worked as a physician to care for coal miners and their families.

Carter passed away in Detroit, Mich. in 1956.

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