Wisconsin’s First Doctor: Mary Anne Menard

Aunt Mary Ann Wisconsin's First Doctor

Did you know that Wisconsin’s first doctor was a Black woman? She settled in Prairie Du Chien after leaving Louisiana around the turn of the 19th century. Her name was Mary Anne Menard. …or Mary Ann Lebuche? …or Mary Ann Lebuche Menard? Apparently, historians aren’t actually sure how to spell her name.  She had two husbands […]

Learning Wisconsin Black History: James Jackson and his Journey to Freedom

While Wisconsin may be pretty White …we also have a substantial amount of black history, most of which we probably didn’t learn during our statewide standard Wisconsin history section in fourth-grade social studies. So in an attempt to take initiative and educate myself, throughout the month of February, I’m going to be posting fun facts […]