Lena Frances Edwards (1900-1986) graduated from Howard University Medical School in 1924, and then established her medical practice in Jersey City in 1925. Her practice was largely within the European immigrant community. An advocate of natural childbirth, she struggled for years before being accepted into the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City. During her long career, she taught obstetrics at Howard University Medical School, was a medical advisor to the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and volunteered at a mission for Mexican migrant workers in Texas. President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized her long career in service to others in 1964 when he awarded Edwards the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A devout Roman Catholic, she received the Poverello Medal in 1967, as one whose life exemplifies the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi.