The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA) will hold a memorial service for the late Dr. G. Juanita Pitts Carroll, Sept. 19, at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave., in Washington, D.C.
The service will begin at 3 p.m.
Pitts Carroll, a local community activist, and the first female African-American physician to own a private practice in Rochester, passed away June 30. She was 89.
According to officials from FDMHA, Pitts Carroll served as former president of the organization, vice president, historian, and will be honored as a President Emerita.
She was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1926, and earned her medical degree from Howard University in 1954, before relocating to Rochester with her husband, Dr. Julian O. Carroll Jr.
The couple served residencies at Highland Hospital, prior to opening a family practice, and raising seven children in the area.
Pitts Carroll became actively involved in the community in 1963, after she noticed a lack of available childcare for working parents, and created the Community Child Care Center (originally the Pitts Pre-Kindergarten Program) in the basement of Memorial AME Zion Church, which was then at 42 Favor St. The center is still in operation today, at 170 Troup St., in the city.
In addition, Pitts Carroll also served at the Rochester Psychiatric Center for 20 years, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and helped to implement the community’s first cardiovascular, mobile health screening unit.
She also held various memberships with, and volunteered for organizations such as the NAACP, Urban League, American Medical Association, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA), Friends of Frederick Douglass, and Memorial AME Zion church.
She is survived by her children, great grandchildren, cousins, and friends.
Visit http://www.frederickdouglassmha.org/ for additional information regarding the service.