Pioneer Nursing Instructor Never Quit

As the first black faculty member at Muhlenberg Nursing School in Plainfield, NJ, Corliss Henry remembers being on the receiving end of plenty of racist comments from both students and staff.

“I experienced it, yes,” she said while chatting at The Chelsea at Fanwood assisted living residence where she now lives. “But you know what, I managed.”

Corliss-Henry-1A lifelong registered nurse, Mrs. Henry grew up in the Bronx but lived in Plainfield most of her life. Since she was a little girl, she had a passion for helping others, which led her to pursue her career in nursing, earning her Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York and then her Masters in from New York University.  After earning her Master’s degree, she went on to teach nursing at Muhlenberg when being black and being a nurse was a rare combination.  The racism was palpable but believes that the civil rights movement made a difference.

Source: Chelsea Senior Living

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