This exhibition examines the work, lives, and legacy of the “Black Angels,” the mostly Black nursing staff at Sea View Hospital who played an important role in breaking racial barriers among the network of municipal hospitals treating tuberculosis during the mid-1900s.
It is centered around the voice of Virginia Allen. Her recollections paint a vivid picture of life as a Black nurse in New York City’s public hospital system in the mid-1900s.
For our 140th anniversary this November, the Staten Island Museum’s collections staff has selected 140 Objects to share as an online exhibition and to launch our website’s searchable collections database. Take a fresh look into the Staten Island Museum’s collections with 140 Objects that illustrate fascinating historical insights, scientific revelations and artistic endeavors.