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African American Women Nurses

Black women who have served as nurses, often in wartime.
  1. Nurses and Nursing
  2. African American Women
  3. Sojourner Truth
  4. Harriet Tubman

Sojourner Truth
Biography and links on the abolitionist Sojourner Truth, from your About Guide to Women's History. She's less known for her work as a nurse.

Harriet Tubman
A four-part in-depth biography of Harriet Tubman, highlighting the four phases of her life: her life in slavery, her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, her service in the U.S. Civil War as a nurse, scout and spy, and her later years working for reform and telling her story.

Black Military Women Overseas During Korea and Vietnam
Article highlights the roles of African American women in the Vietnam and Korean wars, primarily as nurses. Includes a history of the integration of the Women's Armed Services in the 1940s.

Black Nurses in History
This guide to print and web resources covers the history of black nurses in general plus several key individuals: Mamie O. Hale, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Jessie Sleet Scales, Mary Seacole, Mabel Keaton Staupers, Susie King Taylor, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.

Mary Elizabeth Carnegie
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, a writer and editor, was honored in 2000 for her role in nursing by induction into the American Nursing Association Hall of Fame.

Mahoney, Mary Eliza
Biography of the first black woman to receive nursing school degree and to be certified as a registered nurse.

Mary Eliza Mahoney
Profile and image of Mary Eliza Mahoney, 1976 Inductee into the American Nursing Association Hall of Fame.

Mabel Keaton Staupers
Profile and image of Mabel Keaton Staupers, 1996 Inductee into the American Nursing Association Hall of Fame.

Mabel Keaton Stauper
Profile of Mabel Keaton Stauper who worked to integrate nurses in the military and in professional nursing associations.

Susan Baker King Taylor, Reminiscences of Life with the 33d
An article by Kimberly J. Largent on the memoirs of this African American woman. Susan Baker King Taylor was secretly schooled in her young years, who became a laundress while her husband enlisted in the Union army. She also served as a nurse, cleaned guns, and generally helped with the "colored" regiment's business, short of actual fighting.

Susie King Taylor
Profile, with image, of Susie King Taylor, who served in the Civil War as a nurse, teacher, and laundress. Includes links to more resources.

Adah Belle Samuel Thoms
Profile of Adah Belle Samuel Thomas, 1976 inductee into the American Nursing Association Hall of Fame.

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