Active Duty Entered
In 1943, Dorothy G. Cunningham enlisted in the Army in Louisville, KY, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. When she enlisted, Dorothy was living in Salvisa, KY. She was a graduate of West Side High School and had completed a nurses training course in St. Louis, MO.
After her military service, Dorothy G. Cunningham returned to Kentucky. She married Robert Edward Harding in Indiana May 26, 1948. In 1953, she was employed as a psychiatric aid at the U.S. Public Health Service [Narcotic] Hospital (USPHS) located on Leestown Road in Lexington, KY. The Addiction Research Center (ARC) was a division of the hospital. The USPHS grounds were shared with the federal prison.
In the 1970 Lexington city directory, Dorothy Harding's job location was given as NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health). She was working at the ARC section of the USPHS; the ARC was an NIMH facility. By 1979, her job was listed in the Lexington city directory as a corrections officer at the FCI (Federal Corrections Institute). Today, the name is FMC Lexington or The Federal Medical Center in Lexington, a federal prison for inmates who require medical and mental health care.
Dorothy G. Cunningham Harding died in Lexington in 2014. She is buried in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, KY.
Sources: "What You Can Do: Army's first in the hearts of Waacs," The Courier-Journal, 2/25/1943, p. 15; Indiana Marriages in Ancestry; "Louisville-area deaths: Earl C. Cunningham," The Courier-Journal, 11/26/1974, p. 29; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY) City Directory 1953, p. 286; Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY) City Directory 1970, p. 284; and 1979 Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY) City Directory, p. 356.
For more see Dorothy Cunningham Harding at Find A Grave; C. J. Aker, "The Early years of the PHS Narcotic Hospital at Lexington, Kentucky," Public Health Reports, 1997 May-June, pp. 112-113 (online); and photographs and additional information about the Lexington Narcotic Farm at ExploreUK.
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Cited in this Entry
|NKAA Entry:||African American Schools in Mercer County, KY|
|NKAA Source:||National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Public health reports (periodical)|
|NKAA Source:||Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) city directory (annual)|
Cite This NKAA Entry:
“Harding, Dorothy G. Cunningham,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 7, 2023, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004538.
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