Father Patrick Francis Healy, S.J. from University of Leuven, Belgium is the first African American to earn a Ph.D.
A P.H. D stands for 'Philosophy Degree' or 'Doctor of Philosophy'. It. is the highest academic degree you can get in college and it means you become an expert in an area.
Patrick, as he was known, was born into slavery in Macon, Georgia, to the Irish-American plantation owner Michael Healy and his bi-racial slave Mary Eliza.