Mabel Keaton Stauper

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Mabel Keaton Staupers




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 leadership. 


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.

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