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Dalyce Newby

nurse, educator, and community advocate, was born in Shelby, North Carolina, the daughter of an unlawful interracial marriage between Darryl Elliott, a part African American Cherokee sharecropper, and Emma (maiden name unknown), the daughter of a plantation owner and Methodist minister. Darryl Elliott fled the state early in Davis's life, leaving her to be raised by her mother. Both parents had died by 1887, after which Davis was raised in a succession of foster homes. At the age of twelve she was sent to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lived under the guardianship of the Reverend Vickers. In the Vickers household she was regarded more as a domestic helper than a ward; consequently her early formal education was pursued on a sporadic basis. Determined to succeed, she possessed the intrepidity to improve her reading skills on her own.

In 1896 at the age of fourteen ...

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Dalyce Newby

Davis, Frances Elliott (28 April 1882–02 May 1965), public health nurse, nurse-educator, and community advocate was born in Shelby North Carolina the daughter of an unlawful interracial marriage between Darryl Elliott a part African American Cherokee sharecropper and Emma maiden name unknown the daughter of a plantation owner and Methodist minister Darryl Elliott fled the state early in Frances s life leaving her to be raised by her mother Both parents had died by 1887 after which Davis was raised in a succession of foster homes At the age of twelve she was sent to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where she lived under the guardianship of the Reverend Mr Vickers In the Vickers household she was regarded more as a domestic helper than a ward consequently her early formal education was pursued on a sporadic basis Determined to succeed she possessed the intrepidity to upgrade her reading skills on ...

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Darlene Clark Hine

Adah Belle Samuels Thoms devoted her life to nursing—working to improve nurse training, to organize and develop the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, and to offer equal employment opportunities in the American Red Cross and the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Thoms also documented the struggles of black nurses in Pathfinders: A History of the Progress of Colored Graduate Nurses (1929).

Adah Belle Samuels Thoms was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Harry and Melvina Samuels. In 1893, she moved to New York City to study elocution and public speaking at the Cooper Union. It did not take her long to realize the need for more remunerative work. After a job at the Woman’s Infirmary and School of Therapeutic Massage in New York, Thoms, the only black student in a nursing class of thirty, graduated in 1900.

On receipt of her diploma Thoms worked as ...