January 13, 1850- January 4, 1911
A graduate of Howard University, at 27 years old, Ms. Ray was the first African American woman to be a lawyer in the United States and the first woman who was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia. There are no known pictures of Charlotte.
On April 23, 1872, Charlotte Ray became the first African American lawyer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa on February 27, 1872, completing a three-year program, as the first woman to graduate from Howard University School of Law. Charlotte was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar on March 2, 1872, and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of D.C. on April 23, 1872.