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Born: Mabel Doyle in Barbados,
West Indies on February 27, 1890
Mabel Keaton Staupers was an
African-American leader in breaking down racial barriers in American
nursing. At 13 she immigrated with her parents to Washington D.C. In
1917 she graduated from Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing and
was employed at the Harlem Tuberculosis Committee.
Mabel K. Staupers engaged in a life-long struggle to break down
color barriers in health care services and the profession of
nursing. She developed and coordinated a wide range of services that
improved the health care of the citizens of Harlem. During World War
II, as Executive Secretary of the National Association of Colored
Graduate Nurses, she led the movement to gain full integration of
Black nurses into the armed forces and the professional nursing
organizations. The struggle to achieve recognition, status, and
acceptance of Black nurses into the institutional structures of
American nursing was significantly advanced because of her
She died November 29, 1989
Staupers, Mabel Keaton -
née DOYLE (b. Feb. 27, 1890, Barbados, West Indies--d. Nov. 29,
1989, Washington, D.C., U.S.), Caribbean-American nurse and organization
executive, most noted for her role in eliminating segregation in the Armed
Forces Nurse Corps during World War II.
The Hall of Fame Inductees: Mabel Keaton Staupers
- A leader of vision, determination, and courage, Mabel Keaton
Staupers helped break down color barriers in nursing at a time when
segregation was entrenched in this country.
Women in the Workplace: Medicine -
The woman most responsible for the integration of the U.S. Army's and
Navy's corps of nurses during World War II, Staupers was born in Barbados,
British West Indies, and came to the United States in 1903.
Thursday May 20, 2010