Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Located at 401 West State Street was the residence and office of Dr. Emma Corrine Galvin and Dr. G. Alx Galvin.
Dr. Emma Galvin was an accomplished academic and teacher from Richmond, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Shaw University in North Carolina and her Masters of Arts from University of Pennsylvania in 1931. She taught in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida before moving to Ithaca to pursue her PhD in teaching at Cornell University. She was one of the first African American women to obtain her PhD in 1943. Dr. Galvin began teaching at Ithaca College and was also an active member of the National Committee of the American Association of University Women. She was also on the board of trustees of the Southside Community Center.
Dr. G. Alx Galvin was from Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Howard University Pharmaceutical school and went on to obtain his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in the 1930s. He was president of the Academy of Family Physicians in 1958 and 1959 and was the first African American president of the New York State Academy of General Practice. He was also the first African American medical doctor to open an office in Ithaca.
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Southside Loop