Early African American Registered Nurses in NC lists all known African-American nurses in the state to 1935, including two in Wilson:
- #7123. Henrietta Colvert. Wilson NC. April 15. Good Samaritan. 1925.
- #7794. Diana Ada Adams Artis. Wilson NC. October 13. Saint Agnes Hospital. 1926.
(The number presumably refers to the nurse’s license and the date to the date she was certified or registered to practice.)
Ada Artis died 31 December 1950 at her home at 611 East Green Street. Per her death certificate, she was born 18 June 1891 in Brooks County, Georgia, to William Adams and Elizabeth Troup; was married [to Columbus E. Artis]; and worked as a “R.N. nurse.” Katie Creigh of Waycross, Georgia, was informant and her husband’s firm handled her burial.
Many thanks to Renate Yarbrough Sanders for bringing this article to my attention.