KILMARNOCK, Virginia — A pioneering physician is being honored with a state historical marker on Virginia's Northern Neck.
The marker will be dedicated Saturday in honor of Dr. Morgan E. Norris, the region's first African-American physician. The dedication is scheduled at the site of his former home and medical office just south of Kilmarnock.
Born in 1883, Norris practiced medicine from 1917 to 1964. He opened clinics that served all races, and led efforts that resulted in the first brick elementary school for black children in the Northern Neck.
Norris was also a trustee at Hampton University and the first black coroner in Virginia. He died in 1966.