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Description and Context

Most of the graduates of Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing became registered nurses and worked in hospitals or in a doctor's office. Della Rainey Jackson was one of the school's most distinguished graduates. She was the first African-American nurse to answer the call for nurses World War II. She entered service at Fort Bragg in April 1941 and was later transferred to Tuskegee Army Flying School in March 1942. Lieutenant Rainey was the first African-American nurse to be promoted to the rank of chief nurse and the first to be in charge of an army hospital. She received her doctorate from Columbia University.