MMC began as a promise kept by Samuel Meharry. Originally named the Meharry Medical Department of Central Tennessee College. In 1876, when the college welcomed its first 11 students, two faculty members taught classes in the basement of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church. Within ten years, programs for nurses and dentists were added. MMC was the first medical school in the South to offer four-year training.
Notable Alumni Include: Dr. James Monroe Jamison, the first African American physician to formally be trained in the south; President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda; and former President of the National Medical Association, Dr. Sandra Gadson.