Atlanta: Photo by Kelly, 1939. Original photographic print, 12 x 18 1/4 inches. Black and white unmounted photograph captioned in the negative. Right and left margins trimmed; three closed tears at margins slightly affecting image. Old tape at corners, minor creasing. Good. Item #WRCAM54827
A large photographic portrait of the twenty-two "undaunted" graduates of the Grady Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses for 1939. The women stand on the steps of the school, with a number of large floral bouquets arrayed before them. All are dressed in their nursing uniforms, and each holds her diploma and what appears to be a small gift. A middle-aged white woman - likely the students' instructor or supervisor - stands behind the group. The Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing was chartered in 1898, and the Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses was organized in 1914 by black nursing pioneer Ludie Andrews, to improve health conditions for African Americans in the Deep South. The school was under the direction of the (white) School of Nursing from 1922 until 1965, when the two schools were integrated. Grady Hospital School of Nursing Records, Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University L1984- 47_005 (copy of this image).