Juanita Vivian Gregory

Juanita Vivian Gregory. In 1922, Ms. Gregory was awarded a diploma in nursing by Lincoln Hospital in New York. In 1938, she earned a certificate in Public Health Nursing at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University. In 1943, she became the first African-American to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Western Reserve University. She was also the first African-American registered nurse to be hired by the Cleveland Health Department. She retired from the Department in 1964 when her eyesight began to fail. Beginning in 1932, with a trip to the Soviet Union, Ms. Gregory traveled extensively visiting Africa, Europe, Italy, and Hawaii. She died in 1987 as the age of ninety-one.

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