Robeson County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Ruby Gilbert Barnes, PhD (1918-2013): Nursing educator and Director of the MSN Program at UNC Greensboro. (Memorial for Ruby Barnes can be found on Dignity Memorial.)
  • Cherry Maynor Beasley (1953- ): Nursing leader and Lumbee Indian nurse.
  • Erlene Baxley Lewis (1923-2018): Nursing administrator from Lumberton, NC. (Memorial for Erlene Lewis available from The News Reporter.)
  • Errol Oxendine ( ): The first Lumbee Indian to be selected as NC Nursing Student of the Year in 2000.
Special Topics
Special topics and events from the county's nursing history.
Additional resources for further research.

Health Care Institutions


  • Delany, A.M., & Teisburg, H. (1952). They donned their caps again. American Journal of Nursing, 52(7), pp.841-842. This article describes nurses returning to work at Robeson Memorial Hospital during a severe nursing shortage.


  • The Robeson County Historical Museum has oral histories about Baker Sanitarium and the medical history of Robeson County.

Newspaper Clippings

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt