Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society

Peter B. Ramsey was born in Petersburg, Virginia and later moved to Richmond, Virginia.  He attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, Tennessee.  He opened his dental practice in the year of 1888 on Leigh Street.  Dr. Ramsey was the first African American dentist to practice in the State of Virginia

January, 1917, the Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society in Richmond, Virginia was established.  The six members present were Drs. J. M. G. Ramsey, son of Peter B. Ramsey, O. R. Johnson, Leon Reid, D. A. Ferguson, and two other area dentists.  Dr. O. R. Johnson was the first president.  Dr. Ferguson served as the first president of the National Dental Association.  Dr. J. M. G. Ramsey became Richmond’s most outstanding dentist and was very active in civic affairs.  Dr. Ramsey was instrumental in the advancement of African Americans Boy Scouts.  He was awarded the “National Chief Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award” for his efforts.  Dr. Ramsey was an advisor to the Richmond School Board and was responsible for the establishment of the annual observance of Negro History Week.

Dr. Peter B. Ramsey

Meetings Held:
3rd Tuesday of each month

President:
Dr. Lori S. Wilson, MPH

Vice President:
Dr. Wakeshi Benson

Secretary:
Dr. Jason R. Paige

Treasurer:
Dr. Omar Watson

Historian:
Dr. Sabrina Wells

Dr. Ramsey was the first African American dentist to practice in the State of Virginia. Dr. Ramsey was also an advisor to the Richmond School Board and was responsible for the establishment of the annual observance of Negro History Week.

Life stops when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop caring, friendship ends when you stop sharing.

The Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society continues to have extraordinary individuals as its members. This is a list of just a few of the extinguished members with a few of their accomplishments.

Dr. Francis M. Foster, Sr.

  • Member of the Virginia Board of Dentistry
  • Board of the Virginia Health Regulatory Board
  • Mentored many youth
  • Assistant Professor of General Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth
  • University, School of Dentistry
  • Chairman, Richmond Public Library
  • Known as the “Reservoir of Richmond and Virginia History

Dr. Ford T. Johnson

  • Secretary for Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society for over 30 years.
  • U S Military
  • Mentored and provided a place for new dentists to practice in his office
  • Instrumental in the desegregation of courtrooms in Richmond, Virginia
  • Part time clinical Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • College of Dentistry
  • First African American Editor of the Virginia Academy of General Dentistry newsletter, Echoes.
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