MARY ELIZA MAHONEY
Born May 7th, 1845 - Died January 4th, 1926
She was the first black woman to complete the nursing training and graduate in 1879. She was also the first black woman to be able to
work as a professional nurse in the United States.
In June 1972, six Black nurses met to discuss frustration of employment in the Cincinnati, Ohio job market.
The founding members were:
Pearl W. Smith, RN, Dorothy Bowen, LPN, Velma Givens, RN,
Deloris Bowen, RN, Norman Brown, RN, and Maratha Bell, LPN.
The goal of the nurses was to mentor and support colleagues,
increase & expand job opportunities, to have equitable education
and to have input into the quality of care for clients in the
Black community. May 9th, 1973: Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. with ten charter members was incorporated.
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