The North Carolina Historical Marker Commission voted 9-1 Tuesday, Dec. 18, to approve a historical marker commemorating St. Agnes Hospital and Nurses Training School. The marker will be erected in 2013 after a four-month design phase.
The hospital, on the campus of Saint Augustine's University, was founded in 1896 with the purpose of training African American nurses and to provide health care to the underserved African American population throughout North Carolina. For more than 50 years, St. Agnes was the only teaching hospital between Atlanta, Ga., and Washington, D.C., open to African Americans. The hospital closed in 1961.