Katherine Sutphin


Marhall University Special Collections



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Mildred Brown Gallion was born in Charleston, WV, in the early 1900s. During the 1930s and 1940s, Mrs. Gallion served as a nurse for the African-American schools in Kanawha County. Much of her work with children at this time occurred outside of the schools. She investigated and reported overlooked medical issues of school-aged children throughout rural Kanawha County. Mrs. Gallion advocated for equal medical treatment, equipment, and facilities for African-Americans. In the audio clip provided, Mrs. Gallion explains how she vocalized her dissent of inadequate medical equipment to serve all of the children of Kanawha County. Mrs. Gallion continued to serve the Kanawha County African-American community as a public health nurse for St. Francis and Charleston General Hospital.

Publication Date

Spring 4-6-1973




African-American, women, West Virginia, nurse, nursing

Library of Congress Subjects

African-American nurses -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.

School nursing --- West Virginia -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall Univeristy Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-21. This interview was conducted by Katherine Sutphin. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014


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Oral History Interview: Mildred Brown Gallion