• Cadet Nurses

    World War II brought Central Virginians Minnie Brown Carter and Frances Cornelia Betts Butler into service as Cadet Nurses. The labor shortages caused by the war led hospitals everywhere to hire black nurses. In 1951 the national organization of African American nurses disbanded and integrated with the white organization. Local chapters of the American Nurses’ Association took in black members, which helped to end employment discrimination for black nurses.

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