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African American History at Duke Medicine

A guide to archival materials about African Americans at the Duke University Medical Center

Oral Histories

Below is a selection of oral histories with African Americans focusing on their experiences at the Medical Center. All have been transcribed and are available as PDFs. To learn more or obtain a copy of any of these oral histories, contact the Archives

  • Donna Allen Harris, December 4, 2008 (A2008.097) Interview topics: Harris's experiences integrating the school system in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the Duke University School of Nursing.
  • Mary Ann E. Black, January 22, 2004 (A2004.102) Interview topics: Family background, social work, public service, Duke University Health System, hiring of minority group members, and the Duke University Office of Community Affairs.
  • Prentiss Lee Harrison, May 9, 2009 (A2009.076) Interview topics: Education and career of the first African American physician assistant.
  • Wilhem Delano Meriwether, March 7, 2008 (A2008.092) Interview topics: Meriwether's experiences as the first African American to graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine.
  • Joyce Nichols, October 31, 2006 (A2006.077) Interview topics: Nichols's experiences as an African American at Duke while studying to be a physician assistant and a licensed practical nurse, her experiences at Lincoln Community Health Center, and her struggles with the Housing Authority of Durham.
  • Clydie Pugh-Myers, January 18, 2006 (A2006.072) Interview topics: Pugh-Myers's recollections of her days as member of first class of practical nurses at Duke Hospital and working as an African American practical nurse at Duke and elsewhere.
  • Jean Spaulding, October 3, 2006 (A2006.086) Biographical Note: Spaulding was the first African American female to graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine, a member of the Duke University Health System Board of Directors, and a member of the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. Interview topics: Spaulding's experiences as an African American woman in Duke University's Department of Psychiatry and the Durham community, as well as her administrative roles in the Duke University Health System.
  • Evelyn Booker Wicker, February 10, 2006 (A2006.074) Biographical Note: Wicker held numerous positions at Duke University Hospital for more than 30 years, including director of Nursing Services for Duke Hospital South, 1978-1986, director of nursing, Division of Women's Health at Duke Hospital, 1986-1990, and director of Duke University Medical Center's Hospital Career Development Program, 1991-2000. Interview topics: Wicker's experiences as an African American woman during her career at Duke University Medical Center.
  • Joanne A.P. Wilson, May 24, 2007 (A2007.126) Biographical Note: Wilson was the second African American woman to graduate from Duke University School of Medicine. She was also the first African American woman, and the first woman, to serve as a full professor in the Duke Department of Internal MedicineInterview topics: Wilson's experiences as an African-American woman in the field of medicine.