146 South Pearl Street
Office of Dr. William Fletcher Brown, DDS

Everyone knows who Dr. Brown is.

A Dentist and community leader who served this community for over 60 years

William F. Brown attended high school in Mobile, Alabama. He entered Howard University as a freshman in 1919. He received his B.S. degree in 1924. In 1925 he entered the College of Dentistry at Howard University and graduated in 1929. In 1932 he began his dental practice in Albany, New York.

No one would rent space to Dr. Brown in the downtown Albany business district. A African American physician friend, Dr. James Spencer helped him get space in the Central Avenue office that Dr. Spencer also rented. When Brown arrived the landlord refused to rent to him because of the perception of two African American professionals in the same building. Dr. Brown moved to 146 South Pearl Street and opened his office in his home. He practiced until his retirement in 1980 (Lemak pp. 43-44). Hundreds of South End families received dental service from Dr. Brown.

The Albany branch of the NAACP was founded in 1935 in response to "continuing unnecessary violence" on the part of the Albany police toward the African-American community. The branch's first meeting was held in February 1935 at the Israel African Methodist Church on Hamilton Street. Dr. William Fletcher Brown was the first president of the branch, and personally raised many of the signatures necessary to warrant a charter from the national organization (SUNY Albany Library). He was also a founding member of the local Beta Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 1939

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Home and office of Dr. William F. Brown, DDS.  146 South Pearl Street, Albany NY 12202

Home and office of Dr. William F. Brown, DDS. 146 South Pearl Street, Albany NY 12202

The buildings were the subjects of Urban Renewal in the early 1980s so their appearance is much more contemporary even on ancient South Pearl St. | Creator: Orville Abrahams View File Details Page

The Beta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.  Albany NY.   Dr. Willam F. Brown (front row, second from left) was a founding member of the local chapter

The Beta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Albany NY. Dr. Willam F. Brown (front row, second from left) was a founding member of the local chapter

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Dr. William Fletcher Brown, DDS

Dr. William Fletcher Brown, DDS

Dr. Brown provided dental services to the community for over 60 years. He was very civic minded and involved. | Source: www.bpl1906.com | Creator: Orville Abrahams View File Details Page

Street Address:

146 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202 [map]

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Office of Dr. William Fletcher Brown, DDS,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed June 19, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/152.

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