Mary Eliza Mahoney, First African American Nurse 1845-1926

Title

Mary Eliza Mahoney, First African American Nurse 1845-1926

Description

Mary Mahoney was the first African-American woman to study and work as professionally trained nurse. Born in Massachusetts, she was a hospital worker before entering training and receiving a diploma in 1879 from the nursing school of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Trained nurses were a relatively new institution then, but standards were rigorous, and only four of 18 women who started the course with Mahoney graduated. Her high level of performance thwarted racial bias and paved the way for other African-American women to enter the profession. Mahoney developed a successful career as a private duty nurse and as one of the few early African-American members of the American Nurses Association, she was an active member of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. A longtime advocate of woman suffrage, Mahoney is believed to be one of the first women to register and vote in Boston following passage of the 19th Amendment. The Mary Mahoney Award of the American Nurses Association honors significant contributions to race relations.
Honored by the National Womens Hall of Fame 1993

Creator

Unknown

Date

Late 1800s

Source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Eliza_Mahoney#/media/File:Mary_Eliza_Mahoney.jpg

Relation

Rights

Source: National Women's Hall of Fame, Retrieved Oct 15, 2012

Publisher

HCR Home Care

Contributor

HCR Home Care

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Mary Mahoney, African-Americans, Nursing, Women, Women's Rights

Coverage

Historic

Files

Mary_Eliza_Mahoney.jpg

Reference

Unknown, Mary Eliza Mahoney, First African American Nurse 1845-1926, HCR Home Care, Late 1800s

Cite As

Unknown, “Mary Eliza Mahoney, First African American Nurse 1845-1926,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 12, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/236.