Frederick Scott, ChemBE alum and Johns Hopkins’ first Black undergraduate, dies at 89

July 21, 2017


Frederick Isadore Scott

Frederick Isadore Scott, Oct. 27, 1927 – July 15, 2017


In 1945, Frederick Scott used a nickel to make a phone call to the administration at Johns Hopkins University.

“I called and said, ‘Do you let Negroes into your school?” Scott recalled in a 2004 interview. “And they said, ‘I don’t know, we haven’t had anyone apply.'”

Scott did apply, and he got in. In February of 1945, he became the first African-American undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins.

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