Write It! - Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing

Today is February 15, 2017 and on November 15, 1894, the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., was founded for African–Americans nurses by Black surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. The hospital was connected to the Freedmen’s Bureau and created to care for former slaves and their descendants during the Civil War as well as train Black medical professionals.

After having graduated 1,700 nurses, the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing was transferred to Howard University, became the Howard University College of Nursing, and was officially phased out in 1973. The Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing faithfully served the black community in the District of Columbia for over 150 years.



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