How many Black Nurses were there in the United States before World War I?

The U.S. Army refused to enlist the hundreds of available black nurses because there was no separate housing for them.

In 1918, after the war ended, the army finally called eighteen African American nurses to active duty, making them the first black women to officially enter the U.S. armed services.

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