Edgecombe County


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  • Nurse Jennie Washington Battle, an early African American public health nurse in Edgecombe County.

    Jeannie Washington Battle was born on August 13th, 1913 to Lewis and Jennie Gibson Washington in Chalottesville, VA.  Battle received her nursing degree from St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  After completing this degree Battle worked as a community health nurse for the Edgecombe County Health Department.  Battle was assigned to the African American citizens of the county.  Battle was very involved in her community she conducted immunization clinics around the community and went into the schools to give immunizations.  Battle worked with new mothers caring for their infants, nutrition education, helped educate about the spread of communicable diseases, and Battle even went out in disasters (floods etc.) to assist the residents.  After 35 years of service Battle retired in June 1978.  Battle died on December 31st, 1992 at Guardian Care Nursing Care Nursing Home in Rocky Mount, NC. 

  • Nurse Ella Mae Fryar served as the Red Cross Nurse for Edgecombe County in 1924.

  •     Susan L. Myrick of Tarboro -

        Myrick currently directs the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, working with physicians, staff, community organizations and individuals to promote better quality of life for patients with chronic diseases. She began her work at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in 1984, serving as a pharmacy technician. She earned an associate's degree in nursing from Edgecombe Community College in 1994, and began her new role as a registered nurse. She holds several nursing certifications and plans to further her education in nursing beginning in 2013.
  • Information about Clara Mae Cobb-Fraling, RN’ 53, BSN, MSN, PhD

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    Rocky Mount's first Public Health Nurse
  • Greensboro Daily News 
    Greensboro, North Carolina
    06 Feb 1917, Tue  •  Page 8

Health Care Institutions

  • Information about Edgecombe General Hospital and School of Nursing contained in Nursing World, vol. 62-63
  • Information about Pittman Hospital in Tarboro from the 1910 report of the NC Board of Public Charities, page 65.


Four Separate Full- Length Views of Nurse Laura Catherine Doub, of the Base Hospitals Number Seventeen (17) and One Hundred Fifteen (115); Evacuation Hospital Number Twenty- Six (26) and Forty- Nine (49); General Hospital Number Twenty- One (21); Served Overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces, During World War One; the Close- Up View Shows her Standing with George Looms in Germany; Photographs Taken circa 1919 can be found in the NC State Archives.