Cornelius Nathanial Dorsette, M.D.(1852-1897). Born a slave, he lived through the Civil War in rural North Carolina. In 1882 he earned his M.D. from the Medical College of the University of Buffalo. With the encouragement of Booker T. Washington, Dr. Dorsette moved to Montgomery to serve as its first black physician. He also helped found the National Medical Association and later served as its president. He was active in his state Republican Party.