UVA Shines Light of Recognition on African American Nurses It Trained Decades Ago


Decades ago, African American people from different walks of life within Central Virginia converged at Burley High School. Their common goal: to become licensed practical nurses through a University of Virginia academic program.

The LPN program, initially a joint venture between the UVA Hospital and Jackson P. Burley High School begun in 1951, was an effort to address a nursing shortage. About 150 African American women (and a few men) were educated in the segregated program. They served alongside white nurses, treated patients of every race, and ran clinics. But despite receiving their education in a UVA program, they were not considered University alumni.

Now these nurses, many still practicing patient care, have received the University’s recognition – and the UVA alumni status – that they deserve. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)