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José Celso Barbosa, 1880, HMA1903

Jose Celso Barbosa
U-M Medical School 1880 class album, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The first Puerto Rican student to enroll at U-M, Barbosa learned more than the medicine that made him an influential physician. He saw a democratic political system that inspired him to found the Republican Party of Puerto Rico in 1899; he is known as the father of the statehood movement for Puerto Rico.

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