Dominican York

Portrait of Sarah Loguen Fraser, M.D. painted by Susan Keeter, 2000.  On display in the Health Sciences Library of Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

Sarah was born to a former slave turned conductor of the Underground Railroad in 1855.  Sarah decided to become a physician after seeing a young boy pinned beneath a wagon, vowing "I will never, never see a human being in need of aid again and not be able to help."  Her 1873 enrollment in medical school was celebrated by a local Syracuse newspaper which wrote "This is women’s rights in the right direction, and we cordially wish the estimable young lady every success in the pursuit of the profession of her choice."

Sarah completed her medical school training in 1876 which made her the fourth black female physician in the US, the second in New York, and the first to graduate from a coeducational medical school.  She went on to intern in pediatrics and obstetrics in Philadelphia and Boston before opening her own practice in Washington, DC.  While in Washington, Sarah met pharmacist Charles Fraser.  They married and moved to the Dominican Republic where Sarah became the country’s first female physician.  By law, Sarah was only allowed to treat women and children in the Dominican Republic because of her gender.

Widowed in 1894, Sarah lived in Paris and Washington before returning to Syracuse where she mentored black midwives.  Sarah later moved back to the DC area before passing away in 1933.  After her death, flags in Santo Domingo flew at half mast in her honor for nine days.  A small park in Syracuse honors the Loguen family while the Child Care Center at Upstate Medical University is named in Sarah’s honor.

More about Sarah Loguen Fraser:

Celebrating Sarah Loguen Fraser (Hobart & William Smith Colleges)

Dr. Sarah Loguen’s Dominican Republic (Upstate Medical College)



So, so proud to be Dominican today,tomorrow, y siempre. Even prouder to be a Dominican-York and have my beloved Spanglish! I could put up a flag or something, but the Mirabal sisters are martyrs, and they deserve the recognition on a day of that represents Dominican liberation. These mujeres never got the freedom they wanted while they were alive, yet so many of us Dominican women, especially Dominican-Americans, including myself, forget to excercise our freedom on a daily basis. Vivan libres! Let this post remind you that centuries ago we were slaves to our own country, to foreigners, and to men we considered our husbands, fathers, brothers, etc. There was no way out for women like the Mirabals, but they sacrificed their lives for the future. And here we are <3

Remember, and let yourself be free.

Felicidades mis Dominicanos! Pa’ lante!

The Dominican Republic highest court has taken away the citizenship rights of children of Haitian migrants born after 1929, meaning that more than 210,000 Dominican-born children of Haitian descent could be deported by next year.

There are a lot of heinous crimes occurring in the Dominican Republic towards Haitian-Dominicans, Haitians who are Dominican citizens, Dominicans with Haitian parents. I’ve heard that even if you appear to be Haitian (i.e. black), you may be targeted.

Warning: Graphic Images

This video is in Haitian Creole, but from 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 10 seconds, we are told the news of a student who paid for an apartment in the DR for school. She was brutally raped and murdered (throat slit) by several Dominicans.

At 10 minutes and 10 seconds into the same video, which is pretty graphic also, we see a mans arms being cut off because they thought he was stealing.

There are much, much more incidents such as these. This is more than a civil issue, this is a civil rights issue. I really hope the media pays attention to this to alert the public. This news of their being stripped of their citizenship and the brutality that is occurring to Haitians must cease!

There’s going to be a march. OCTOBER 17, 2013. Here is the information if you wish to join:

1501 Broadway Suite 410 New York, NY 10036
Haitian Diaspora for Civic and Human Rights

Please reblog and share. This NEEDS attention.


Just Opened:

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process”
 Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Firelei Báez,
 Oasa Sun DuVerney, Sanam Enayati, Heeseop Yoon

Mixed Greens Gallery, 531 W26th St., NYC

features new works by a group of emerging female artists hailing from Nigeria, the Dominican Republic/Haiti, South Korea, Trinidad, Iran, and the United States. All are exploring drawing within the context of their dynamic artistic practices and re-defining how drawing fits into the broader global contemporary art conversation. The exhibition presents distinct approaches to representational and abstract drawing, as well as experimental, site-specific mixed media and video installations that are equally influenced by drawing. Curated by Dexter Wimberly and Larry Ossei-Mensah. thru Aug 16