| Swipe| We anticipated that our product would touch many hands and we had to take advantage of that opportunity. We chose Dr. #IdaGrayNelsonRollins to feature on our toothbrushes because she inspires us and she embodies courage and determination.
Dr. Ida Gray Nelson-Rollins was the first African-American Woman to earn a DDS (Doctorate Degree in Dental Surgery). Dr. Gray Nelson-Rollins was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1867 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio as a young girl. After graduating high school, she enrolled in the University of Michigan Dental School. In 1890 she received her DDS and returned to Cincinnati where she opened her very successful private practice. In 1895, Dr. Gray married James S. Nelson, an accountant, lawyer, and officer in the Eighth Illinois National Guard Unit and relocated to Chicago. She joined and became active in several Women’s organizations in Chicago and became an example for Black Women achieving success in a racist and misogynoirist society. She also mentored young black women aspiring to become dentists. When her husband James S. Nelson passed away in 1926 she married again in 1929 to William A. Rollins. Dr. Gray Nelson-Rollins passed away in 1953 and on her headstone is the epitaph: "Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, 1st Negro Woman Dentist in America." We salute our ancestor, Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins.
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