Early Detroit Black Physicians | The Thomas Family

Dr. Alfred E. Thomas Sr., Dr. Alfred E. Thomas Jr. & Mr. Sam H. Thomas

Dr Alfred Thomas Hospital 1

Edyth K. Thomas Hospital, Detroit, MI

Thomas Family Hospitals, 1931

Thomas Family Hospitals

Read a newspaper article about it here. See the brochure here. Brochure courtesy of the Detroit Public Library, Burton Historical Collection.

Dr. Alfred Thomas Bio, NMA 1971

Dr. Alfred Thoms Sr. Buys Mid-West

Mrs. Lavinia F. Thomas

Dr. Alfred Thomas Insurance Agency.1941

Dr Alfred Thomas Sr., Savings & Loan, 1961

Dr. Alfred Thomas Civil Rights 2

Dr. Alf Thomas Dies

Other articles about the Thomas family:


About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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6 Responses to Early Detroit Black Physicians | The Thomas Family

  1. Fascinating…talking about MONEY on top of MONEY. He actually owned an island? How is he connected to your family?

  2. C. Rae White says:

    Hey Chocolate! Thanks for stopping by! Dr. Alfred E, Thomas Jr. and his father were a couple of the many early black physicians who lived, practiced, owned hospitals and other businesses in Metro Detroit. He’s not a part of my family, but because my mother’s second husband was an ophthalmologist/surgeon, our family was affiliated with many black physicians, professionals and business people. Also, I’m just fascinated by the lives of the many successful black professionals in Detroit. Dr. Thomas’ Marion Island was down river just before you get to lake Erie.

    Dr. D. T. Burton of Detroit, MI was a millionaire physician who also owned three hospitals and several impressive apartment buildings. Black physicians David and Daisy Northcross opened the first black hospital in Detroit in 1917. Dr. Wendell Cox a millionaire dentist, was one of the originators of Detroit black owned and operated radio. He helped found WCHB-AM (1956) and WCHD/WJZZ-FM, the first black built radio stations in the USA. He also donated 1.5 million dollars to the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College.

  3. Julia Myers says:

    Hello: I’m curating an exhibition at Eastern Michigan University titled “Harold Neal and African American Artists in the Civil Rights Era, 1947-1980.” An 1962 article in the Detroit Free Press says that Dr. Alfred Thomas and his wife Marion Turner Stubbs owned a painting by Neal. I wonder if you know of any descendants of the Thomas family, so I could check with them to see if they still own this painting.
    Julia R. Myers, Ph.D.
    Professor Emerita of Art History
    Eastern Michigan University

  4. Ann says:

    Thank you for this wonderful history. I remember Edith K Thomas hospital because my mom worked there when i was a child. I would go to work with her on occasion and play on the switchboard. She was a switchboard operator.

    • C. Rae White says:

      Ann, Thanks for stopping by! That’s amazing! I never got the opportunity to see the Thomas’ hospitals in person. It’s just great to know that this family had the resources and dedication to serve the community in such a professional and innovative way! BTW: My mother also worked as a switchboard operator! She was at Lafayette Clinic where she met my stepfather, who was also a Detroit physician.

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