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Gladys Lewis

Gladys Lewis

Gladys Lewis

NJH&GC Photograph and Image Collection

Gladys J Lewis was born in Morristown in 1903. She followed her sister, Sarah Evelyn Lewis to Washington DC and completed high school. Gladys attended the School of Nursing at Harlem Hospital in New York City and graduated in 1932. She lived in Morristown during the Great Depression, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 where she was stationed at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Huachuca in Arizona. After the war, she returned to Morristown and in 1950 became the first African-American nurse hired by Morristown Memorial Hospital where, among other assignments, she worked on the contagion ward during an outbreak of polio. Before retiring, Gladys worked for ten years as the head nurse at Morris View Nursing Home. She was active in many church and community organizations prior to passing away in 1998.