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William H. Waddell

February 9, 2010

A native Virginian, William H. Waddell IV developed an affinity for horses and mules at a young age. After his primary education in the South, he entered the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School: “I was the only black member of the veterinary class, but I held my own and graduated.” In 1935, Dr. Waddell became the second black veterinarian to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Furthermore, he was the first black man to pass the state board in veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania. Dr. Waddell collaborated with George Washington Carver, the famed botanist from September 1935 to Carver’s death in 1943. In addition to establishing a private practice, Dr. Waddell also co-founded a Veterinary School at Tuskegee University and became a lieutenant in the all black infantry known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” during World War II.  Dr. Waddell, a lifetime NAACP member, died in January 2007 at age 98.

Tiffany John-Lewis
COL ’10

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  1. February 10, 2010 12:06 pm

    Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, a great story of black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never’ let them ‘know’ their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.

    Peace.

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