Indiana’s first black physician, Dr. Samuel A. Elbert, was honored on January 29th with a headstone . More than a 100 years after his death, the Geneological Society initiated the project. The Indianapolis Medical Society and Aesculapian Medical Society were helpful financial supporters of the project.
To find his grave, enter the 34th St. gate at 34th and Boulevard Place and follow the white line past the chapel. His grave is located directly to the left of the white line when traveling towards the Crown from the Gothic Chapel.
Dr. Samuel A. Elbert overcame racial barriers to attend medical school and start a medical practice. He is thought to be the first licensed African Amercian physician in Indiana.
The Indianapolis Star has a few articles about the ceremony and Dr. Samuel A. Elbert.
Indiana’s first black physician will receive a headstone — more than 100 years after his death, Indianapolis Star, January 27, 2013
State’s 1st licensed black physician is honored, Indianapolis Star, January 29, 2013
Persistence paid off for Indiana’s first licensed black physician, Indianapolis Star, February 4, 2010