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Black History at Duke Health

A guide to archival materials about Black history at the Duke Health


MaryAnn E. Black

Prentiss Lee Harrison

Wilhem Delano Meriwether

Joyce Nichols

Jean Spaulding

Joanne A. P. Wilson

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 Transcript
  • MaryAnn 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. Transcript
  • 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. Transcript
  • 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. Transcript
  • 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. Transcript
  • 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. Transcript
  • 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. Transcript
  • 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 Medicine. Interview topics: Wilson's experiences as an African-American woman in the field of medicine. Transcript