The Tuskegee Airmen were not the only ones making history at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee, Alabama, during the 1940s. The nurses who served on the base had to fight gender as well as racial discrimination. The Department of the Army was dragging its feet on allowing women of any race into the Army Nurse Corps (ANC)–that is until the United States entered World War II and there was a shortage of nurses. Approximately 29 black nurses served at TAAF. The segregated Army had limited black ANC nurses to around 500 more or less during World War II. That was out of a total 50,000 Army Nurse Corps nurses who served during this war. This site serves as an information platform to recognize the women who served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II at Tuskegee Army Air Field.
My mother was one of the nurses. She never talked much about her military career. It was not until she suffered a series of seizures/strokes in 2006, and I, as her only child, was looking through her things, that I took a closer look at her military scrapbook. After joining the faculty of Morgan State University in 2008, I found another colleague interested in the story of the nurses who served at TAAF during the second world war. We started research and interviews for a multi-media documentary in earnest in 2010. This site is part of the Tuskegee Army Nurses Project.