Her Story: Mary E. Mahoney

First professionally trained Nurse in the United States

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845 -1926) was the first professionally trained African American nurse in the United States. She graduated in 1879 from the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston, Massachusetts.  

In 1908 Mahoney co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN) with a fellow nurse, Adah Thoms. Together they challenged discrimination against African Americans in nursing and significantly impacted the policies and perceptions of the time.

Mahoney was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her pioneering work.

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