Lloyd Tevis Miller

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Dr. L. T. Miller
Born (1872-12-06)December 6, 1872
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Died March 8, 1951(1951-03-08) (aged 78)
Nationality United States
Known for Medical Director of Afro-American Sons and Daughters Hospital (1928-1951),
Co-founder of Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association
Scientific career
Fields General Surgery
Institutions Afro-American Sons and Daughters Hospital

Lloyd Tevis (L.T.) Miller (1872 - 1951) was an American physician who was the first medical director of the Afro-American Hospital in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the first private hospital for blacks in the state. He was also a co-founder of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association.


Miller was born in Natchez, Mississippi on December 6, 1872, the son of Washington Miller, a hackman (or cabdriver) and his wife, Emily. One of the few African American physicians in Mississippi, he established a medical practice in Yazoo City in the late 1890s.[1][2][3][4]

In 1900, Dr. L. T. Miller was a co-founder with a dozen other doctors of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association (MMSA), the state's largest and oldest organization representing African American health professionals.[5]

In 1928, T.J. Huddleston established the Afro-American Hospital in Yazoo City to provide medical services for members of the Afro-American Sons and Daughters, a statewide fraternal insurance organization that provided death and hospitalization benefits to its members. Miller was chosen as the hospital's first medical director. While the facility's mission was primarily to service its members, it was also available to the general public on a fee for service basis. Given the dearth of quality health care facilities available to blacks at the time, the hospital serviced not only individuals from Yazoo City and the Delta region, but other parts of Mississippi and the South as well.[1][6]

In 1933, his discovery of a lithopaedion while performing surgery to remove a tumor was reported in the media.[7]

Dr. Miller recruited Dr. Robert Elliott Fullilove and three registered nurses to complete his staff. During its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, the facility also operated a state licensed nursing school. Dr. Miller suffered a stroke on December 17, 1950 and died on March 8, 1951. Dr. Fullilove succeeded Miller as medical director.[1]


World War I Draft Card lists date of birth as December 6, 1874. 1900 U.S. Census lists birth as December 1872. 1880 U.S. Census lists age as 7, suggesting that December 6, 1872 is the correct birthdate.


  1. ^ a b c "Afro-American Hospital (Yazoo City, Miss.) Records [abstract]". Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 1935. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "World War I Draft Registration Card [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. 1918. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Tenth Census of the United States (1880) [database on-line] , Natchez (1st Ward), Adams County, Mississippi, Enumeration District: 48, Page: 12, Line: 14, household of Washington Miller". United States: The Generations Network. 1880-06-04. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Twelfth Census of the United States (1900) [database on-line] , Yazoo City (Beat 3), Yazoo County, Mississippi, Enumeration District: 117, Page: 15A, Line: 17, household of Lloyd T. Miller". United States: The Generations Network. 1900-06-22. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ "About MMSA". Ridgeland, Mississippi: Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association. Retrieved 2009-08-05. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ David T. Beito and Linda Royster beito Let Down Your Bucket Where You Are':The Afro-American Hospital and Black Health Care in Mississippi, 1924-1966,[permanent dead link] Social Science History 30 (Winter 2006), 551-69.
  7. ^ "Unusual case is treated by colored doctor". Yazoo Herald. Yazoo City, Mississippi. 13 October 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 6 January 2018. (Subscription required (help)). Dr. Miller states that he knew there was a growth of some kind in the stomach besides the tumor, and was much surprised after removing the tumor to discover a lithopaedion, a dead foetus (child) that had become petrified to the right of the tumor. 

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