Craven County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Carolyn E. Alphin ( ): Educational nurse specialist from Vanceboro, NC.  She is a certified instructor for the American Heart Association and the Neonatal Resuscitation programs. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and is active in community organizations in Craven County.
  • Eunice Goodwin Barrow (1914-2012): World War II nurse who served in the Navy Nurse Corps. (Memorial available on Legacy website.)
  • Josephine Burton Bradham (1875-1917): First Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States.
  • Jean Evelyn Tower Lassiter (1915-2008): Public health administrator in New Bern, NC. (Obituary)
  • Charlotte Rhone (1874-1963): Social worker and first African-American nurse in North Carolina.
Additional resources for further research.

Health Care Institutions and Schools of Nursing



  • Annual Report of the Board of Public Charities of North Carolina, 1910. Available electronically from UNC's Documenting the American South. Mentions Stewart Sanatorium in New Bern, NC on p. 67.
  • Memories of New Bern, Dr. Dale T. Millns, Interview 1011 [transcript]. Available from New Bern-Craven County Public Library digital research collections.
  • New Bern, N.C. Colored nurses issuing food after fire [photograph]. (1922). Available from American National Red Cross photograph collection (Library of Congress).
  • New Bern City Schools Scrapbook, 1903-1918. Digitized copy available through Digital NC.
  • Stanley Hospital [photograph]. Unkown source. Stanley Hospital was opened by Union troops who controlled New Bern during most of the Civil War.
  • Sara Greene Shriner (1904-2003) papers are available at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. She was born in New Bern, North Carolina. She moved to the Washington, D. C. area in 1929 to attend the nursing program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After graduating in the early 1930s, she spent a decade working at Walter Reed, as well as taking private-duty jobs. Among the private-duty nursing jobs she took, was with The Lost Colony drama. During the 1960she became a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross, often working at civil rights demonstrations and war protests. 
  • Photographs of First Lieutenant Mary Edna Joyner of Dover, Craven County, as a nurse in the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II are located in the NC State Archives. Lieutenant Joyner enlisted in November, 1942 and served until February, 1946 in the Mediterrainean Theater. She was born on January 22, 1915 and died on October 14, 1993.

Newspaper Clippings

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt