From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Merritt, Mary Eliza

(born: 1881  -  died: 1953) 

Born in Berea, KY, the daughter of Thomas and Josie Merritt. Mary Merritt was the first African American nurse licensed in Kentucky. She had received her nurses training at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She received the Mary Mahoney award for distinguished service in 1949 and was awarded a certificate of merit by President Wilson. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan.


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NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

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