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)