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The Black Angels – Book Launch and Discussion

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 2:00 pm3:30 pm


Saturday, September 23, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Registration required

$8 Adults/$5 Students and Seniors/Free for Museum Members

Location: College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1P
Staten Island, NY 10314


Join Maria Smilios, author of the new book The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis, in conversation with public historian Debbie-Ann Paige and Virginia Allen, a nurse at Sea View Hospital from 1947 – 1957 to celebrate the launch of this exciting new book. The Black Angels follows the intrepid women who risked their lives caring for the city’s poorest—1,800 patients at Staten Island’s Sea View Hospital—and aided in the 1951 clinical trial of a breakthrough tuberculosis treatment. The Black Angels centers the voices of these extraordinary women and celebrates their legacy and spirit of survival. Book signing to follow.

Books can be pre-ordered above and will also be available for sale at the event.
Proceeds benefit the Staten Island Museum.

A headshot of author Maria Smilios

Maria Smilios, photo by Parker Pfister