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Mary Eliza Mahoney broke down barriers in her lifetime by making historical changes in nursing. Unhappy with the injustice she experienced, Mahoney took matters into her own hands during the contentious American Civil War — and she became the leading force for women and African Americans in a predominately white world. So much more than an average nurse, Mary Eliza Mahoney confronted the discrimination present in nursing head on, paving the way for African Americans to become nurses.
Born to freed slaves in 1845, Mary Eliza grew up in Massachusetts. After facing a lifetime of racism in North Carolina, the Mahoney family escaped the South for the North, allowing Mary Eliza to grow up with less discrimination. From childhood, Mary Eliza knew she wanted to become a nurse. Her first job was at the New England Hospital for Women and Children, where she gained her very first medical experience. After 15 years there, Mahoney decided it was time to get a formal education. She attended the hospital’s own program in 1879 and became the first black woman in the U.S. to graduate as a registered nurse.
But Mahoney wasn’t finished making history. With her nursing diploma she left the hospital and became a private care nurse — and she earned a stellar reputation. Working primarily with wealthy white families, Mary Eliza’s fantastic performance and professionalism as a nurse helped the community see minority nurses in a new light. She was the driving force behind a new perception that African American nurses could be as skilled as white nurses. Mahoney singlehandedly began changing people’s minds not only in the North, but the South as well as news of her care spread. Thanks to her work, African American nurses began to become more prevalent, earning their nursing diplomas and beginning to minimize discrimination.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Black History collection of quality costume clothing based on renowned figures celebrated in the annals of Black History, this children’s Mary Eliza Mahoney costume is authentic to the 1800s and 1900s as well as the attire worn by the former nurse. You’ll look just like Mahoney herself when you don this historically accurate nurse’s uniform costume set. Included is a black dress with a zipper back, a white Red Cross bib apron, a matching arm band, and white nurse’s hat.
This high-quality Mary Eliza Mahoney costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a day of donning the clothing worn by figures of Black History during the 19th and 20th centuries. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Adult Mary Eliza Mahoney Nurse Uniform Black History costume is built to last.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Famous People collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Mary Eliza Mahoney costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the storied nurse herself. You’ll look just like the famous medical expert when you don this historically accurate costume set. Our Mary Eliza Mahoney costume includes a black dress with a zipper back, a white Red Cross bib apron, a matching armband, and a white Civil War nurse hat. You’ll look every bit the part of a nurse serving the wounded off the battlefield yourself with this accurate and detailed Florence Nightingale costume.
This high-quality Mary Eliza Mahoney Adult costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a lifesaving nurse on the battlefields during the Crimean War of the 1800s. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Florence Nightingale famous people costume is built to last.
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