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Dr. William Ferguson "Fergie" Reid


Dr. Reid was born on March 18, 1925, in Richmond, VA.

He graduated Armstrong High School in 1941 and Virginia Union University in 1946. Dr Reid earned his medical degree from Howard University and completed his internship and surgical residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St Louis, MO.

Served two years in the military, one year in Korea with the 1st Marine Division and another year at the United States Naval Hospital at Bethesda, MD.

In 1955, he opened a private surgical practice in Richmond served the community for 22 years.

1956 - Co-founded the Richmond Crusade for Voters to register and mobilize black voters during Massive Resistance. Crusade helped guide a black political maturation that culminated with the election of the first black majority on Richmond City Council, which picked Henry L. Marsh III as the city's first black mayor in 1977.

1968 - 1973 - First black member of the Virginia General Assembly.

In 1977, he went to work for the Department of State as one of their regional medical officers.

2008 - VA General HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 139 Commending Dr. William Ferguson Reid.

Today, Dr. Reid is still politically active. He mentors candidates on how to win elections.He mentors activists on the best way to play the game. Dr. Reid is a true friend and hero to many.


In January 2008, Delegate Jennifer McClellan introduced HJ139 commending Dr. William Ferguson Reid, outstanding physician, groundbreaking civil rights activist, community leader, and former member of the Virginia General Assembly, on his exceptional service to the Commonwealth and its people.  Read the bill.

August 23, 2015, Senator Creigh Deeds honors Dr. Fergie Reid at the Rural Caucus retreat in Staunton, VA.

Photo compliments of Tom Greeson.

August 23, 2015, Dr Fergie Reid offering advice to Angela Lynn, Nominee for House of Delegates 25th District.

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