Inspirational Women of Virginia

Influential Women who Helped Shape this Great Commonwealth


The first African American woman to pass the Virginia Medical Boards, Sarah Garland Jones went on to establish a facility to train doctors and nurses in Richmond, Virginia at a place now known as the Richmond Community Hospital.  She made it her mission to create opportunity for others to study, learn and heal.  She and her husband built a successful medical practice in the 1890s treated and treated people, no matter the color of their skin, no matter who they were in life.

Building on this, Dr. Jones opened a medical association for Virginia’s African American doctors, and ultimately founded a small hospital. Here, she created jobs for her association members who began treating African Americans who were otherwise turned away from other health care facilities.

Dr. Jones creating enduring monuments to community health care, and that makes her one of Virginia’s most influential woman.

Learn more about Sarah Jones here…