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date: 03 April 2020

Washington, John Edwin locked

1880–1964 African American dentist, teacher, and collector of Lincoln memorabilia.
  • Charlotte S. Price

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Born in Annapolis, Maryland, on February 2, 1880, John Edwin Washington received his education in Washington, D.C., where he lived with his grandmother, Caroline Washington, in her boarding house on E Street, just around the corner from the old Ford Theater. He graduated from Miner Normal School in 1900. Working his way through Howard University, he earned a bachelor of pedagogy degree in 1901 and a doctor of dental surgery degree in 1904. In July 1904 he received his license to practice dentistry in the District of Columbia.

For the next fifty years Washington successfully combined the two careers for which he had prepared himself. He taught in the Washington public schools and conducted a part-time practice of dentistry. In 1924 he received a B A degree with a major in art from Howard University He was a teaching principal in the ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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