Chesta Dillard Dean

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Chesta Dillard Dean
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Chesta Dean in 1912
Danville, Virginia

Chesta Dillard Dean (b. February 12, 1885) was a pharmacist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Dean was born outside of Danville, Virginia to Barbara and Horace Dillard. She attended Brown University for two years and graduated from Temple College with a Pharmacy degree. She could not get enough hours of practice to become a registered pharmacist so she instead purchased a pharmacy in Philadelphia in 1911, the only woman of color to own a pharmacy at that time.[2]


  1. ^ "Chesta Dillard Dean". NYPL Digital Collections. New York Public Library. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ White, Charles Frederick. Who's who in Philadelphia: A Collection of Thirty Biographical Sketches of Philadelphia Colored People ... Together with Cuts and Information of Some of Their Leading Institutions and Organizations. p. 47. Retrieved 10 January 2019.