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SSB Bank Reflects on Black History Month


As we reflect on Black History Month, SSB would like to highlight an important figure who made an impact in the Pittsburgh community.

Dr. George G. Turfley was the first registered African American doctor in Allegheny County. He was born on Oct 9, 1855, in Pittsburgh. 

Turfley first attended the Separate Schools of Pittsburgh until 1872, at which point he entered Central High School. He was one of the first black students to graduate from Pittsburgh schools in 1876. He first studied medicine under Dr. C. D. King of Allegheny before entering the Western Reserve Medical College in Cleveland, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1879. 

Read more about Turfley on The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh Facebook page.

Image Source: Dorsey-Turfley Family Photographs, 1880-1987 (Bulk 1900-1950), MSP 455, Library & Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center