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Historical bulletin of the Saint Philip School of Nursing and alumnae

Original Publisher

Saint Philip Alumnae Association

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VCU Libraries

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95 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm


During the first quarter of the twentieth century when southern law and social practice demanded separate facilities for the races, the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) established a separate school of nursing for African American women to provide trained personnel for the St. Philip Hospital. The Saint Philip School of Nursing opened with the hospital in the fall of 1920. It expanded in 1936 with the addition of a public health nursing course supported by funds from the Social Security Act and administered in conjunction with the United States Public Health Service.

The School graduated 791 nurses during its 42-year history. From the beginning the St. Philip School of Nursing was registered by the Virginia State Board of Nurse Examiners and subsequently by the Regents of the University of New York in 1936 and National League of Nursing Education in 1942. St. Philip graduated its largest classes during World War II as the school did its part in preparing nurses for the armed services. In 1960 the MCV Board of Visitors made the decision to close the school following the graduation of the Class of 1962. By that point, the MCV School of Nursing was granting admission to students of all races and the cost of maintaining two separate schools had become prohibitive.

The story of the school is told in A Historical Bulletin of the Saint Philip School of Nursing and Alumnae Association. It includes a general history, information on the curriculum, listing of the faculty, rosters of graduates, class photographs, and other information related to the school.


St. Philip alumnae Mayme Wilson Lacy and Pinala W. Monroe compiled this first substantive history of the school in 1978, and The Saint Philip Alumnae Association authorized this fully searchable digital version of the school’s history.

The original publication is available for use and is located in Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library.


Mayme W. Lacy - Historian, Pinala W. Monroe - Assistant Historian


“Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia” -- Cover.

Topical Subject

Nursing -- Study and teaching -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History

Topical Subject

Nursing schools -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History

Topical Subject

African American nursing schools -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History

Corporate Name Subject

Saint Philip School of Nursing (Richmond, Va.) -- History

Medical Subject

Education, Nursing -- history -- Virginia

Medical Subject

Schools, Nursing -- history -- Virginia

Medical Subject

History of Nursing -- Virginia

Medical Subject

Societies, Nursing -- history -- Virginia


Saint Philip School of Nursing, nursing education, African American nursing schools


Higher Education | Nursing


Richmond (Va.)

Time Period

Twentieth century


Lacy, Mayme Wilson


Monroe, Pinala W.


Saint Philip School Alumnae Association


Medical College of Virginia

Resource Type


Digital File Type


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Scanned with Epson Expression 10000 XL, 24-bit color at 600 ppi TIFF. PDF created from TIFF with Adobe 9.

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Date of Submission





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Original Publication

Lacy, Mayme Wilson, and Pinala W. Monroe. 1978. A Historical bulletin of the Saint Philip School of Nursing and alumnae. [Richmond, Va.]: Saint Philip Alumnae Association

A Historical Bulletin of the Saint Philip School of Nursing and Alumnae