The University of Glasgow has decided to name one of its building after the first black person awarded a medical degree. James McCune Smith was the first African American to receive a medical degree. After James was refused a place of study in the US due to his race, he applied and was accepted at the University of Glasgow, where he earned his bachelor, master and MD.
The University of Glasgow which is one of the oldest university in the world was founded in 1451. Notable alumnus including Adam Smith, Gerald Butler, William Thomson Baron Kelvin and Nicola Sturgeon.
The university decided to add to its prestige and international standing by naming one of its new building after its Alumni, the first black student to graduate with a medical degree in 1837, after which he returning to New York to set a practice where he provided services to its black residents.